Rejected by Carter
Vince Carter ends the 3rd quarter by sending Toure Murry's shot attempt to the fans.
DALLAS — After dropping three straight home games entering Sunday’s showdown against the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks stepped onto the hardwood at American Airlines Center hungry for a win.
Looking to bounce back following Friday’s 119-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers while beginning a three-game homestand, the Mavericks returned to the court hoping to continue their dominance over the Knicks when the two teams square off in Dallas. But, despite winning 12 of their previous 13 home games against the Knicks (11-22), the Mavs fully expected to find themselves in another dogfight as the New York team completed the Texas Triangle trip.
And after trailing by as much as 19 en route to a 92-80 defeat, the Mavericks (19-15) fell to 0-2 on their current homestand and 11-6 this season on their home floor.
“We weren’t very good tonight. I mean, you can blame everybody all the way around. We weren’t very good,” 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said following the loss.
Despite facing a New York frontline that featured 7-footer Tyson Chandler, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle still opted to make a change to his starting lineup, reinserting the undersized DeJuan Blair for the first time since Dec. 26 and sitting center Samuel Dalembert after his late arrival to Saturday’s team practice. Still, even with Chandler sidelined due to an upper respiratory infection, the Knicks quickly jumped out a double-digit advantage. And with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scoring 15 points in the opening period, the Mavs limped into the second stanza down by 12, 29-17.
“I didn’t have them ready,” Carlisle later confessed. “I will take the blame for that. It’s pretty clear. It starts at the top. … The ball wasn’t moving to start with, and that was a problem. We weren’t defending well, and that was another problem. It was a very poor showing in the first half and I am taking the blame for all of it.”
Following an 8-of-21 shooting first quarter, the Mavs continued to struggle generating offense early in the second period. Meanwhile, the Knicks received a lift from their bench. And after the separation on the scoreboard surged to 17, the Mavericks found themselves in a 52-35 hole at the intermission, producing their season-low scoring output for a first half one game after posting a season-best 70 against the Clippers.
Connecting on just 36.1 percent of their shots through two quarters, the Mavs would simultaneously allow the Knicks to shoot 48.9 percent. The Knicks also held a 28-19 rebounding advantage and 26-18 margin in points in the paint at the midway mark.
“It felt like it was just no life,” four-time All-Star Shawn Marion said of the Mavs’ sluggish start. “We’ve got find a way to get reenergized and go out here and win ballgames.”
Knicks vs. Mavericks
Carmelo Anthony has 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the Knicks victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night.
With Knicks big man Kenyon Martin having his way inside earlier in the third, it wouldn’t take long for the visitors to grab a 19-point lead, forcing a timeout by Carlisle with 9:30 in the third.
However, Blair and Nowitzki then tried to keep the Mavericks in the game with timely scores. A 3-pointer by sixth man Vince Carter brought the Mavs within 10, 65-55, from there. And after a jumper by 2-guard Monta Ellis brought the home team within eight, Carter’s block of Toure’ Murry’s shot to close the third sent the Mavericks into the fourth with some momentum, despite trailing 67-57.
After a vintage Nowitzki jump shot got the Mavericks going to open the fourth, Carter again stepped in with a 3-pointer to bring his team within six. But rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.’s three-point play with 8:46 remaining would push the Knicks’ lead back to 13, 75-62.
Still, the Mavs refused to go away quietly after starting point guard Jose Calderon’s back-to-back triples brought Dallas within six, 82-76. Iman Shumpert’s reverse over Nowitzki then quieted the Mavericks’ momentum, forcing a timeout by Carlisle with 1:37 on the clock. And after Shumpert’s 3-pointer with 1:13 left to play delivered the dagger, Anthony put the game away with clutch strokes at the free-throw line.
“We picked up the energy there a little bit in the third quarter and fourth quarter, but we just didn’t make enough plays on offense to really make it tight,” Nowitzki concluded. “We had it to six I think twice. Monta had a three that rolled in and out, and if that would have gone in it would have made it really interesting. But, when we had it down to six, we didn’t make enough plays.”
Finishing with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and adding nine rebounds, Nowitzki led five Mavericks in double figures. Off the bench, Carter matched Ellis with 13 points. Calderon added 12 points and Blair finished with 11 points in the first unit.
Anthony led five Knicks in double figures with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Knicks also finished the night outshooting the Mavs, 48.7 percent to 41.0 percent, adding a 47-34 rebounding advantage and 21 points off Dallas’ 11 turnovers. New York also overcame the 22 points the Mavericks scored off 17 Knicks giveaways.
“I think consistency is the key for us right now,” Carter explained.
He added: “We didn’t move the ball. I mean, it’s a simple remedy that we know and we just have to get back to it. I think we’re going to have rough nights where things just aren’t going right, but we just have to stick to the basics and things that we know we can solve. Ball movement is one of them, and I think it didn’t happen. When it did we got ourselves back in the game. There again it all comes back to just being consistent at both ends. I think that’s the thing for us.”
Note: The Mavs will now conclude their homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 123-104 home win back on Nov. 5. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.
GameTime: Harper from Dallas
Mavericks broadcaster Derek Harper joins the show to discuss the Mavericks before they take on the Knicks in Dallas.
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Practice Report: Rick Carlisle
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on Friday's loss against the Clippers, previews Sunday's game against the Knicks and more.
DALLAS — While the Dallas Mavericks appear to be struggling on their home floor after three straight losses, Sunday’s opponent could be just what the doctor ordered.
Welcoming in the New York Knicks in the second outing of a three-game homestand, the Mavericks (19-14) will try to get back to establishing an advantage at American Airlines Center, looking to respond to Friday night’s 119-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. They’ll also attempt to improve upon a 9-3 record against the Eastern Conference, hoping to continue a trend after winning 12 of their last 13 home games against the Knicks (10-22), including three straight.
“I don’t know if it’s a home-road thing. I think it’s just the way that we’ve played,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after his team’s unbeaten three-game road trip was followed by Friday’s loss.
He added: “We’ve not played as well at home. We’ve done better on the road, but we’ve played better teams at home. We’ve got to figure it out by doing the little things better at home, by playing a little bit better together and our defense has got to be better. I mean, if you score 112 points, you should win an NBA game. We just had a terrible night defensively and it really hurt us.”
Facing a New York team that is just 6-10 this season on the road, the Dallas defense will look to improve as the Knicks come to town following Friday’s 102-100 defeat in Houston. And despite ranking just 25th in the league in scoring at 95.2 points a game and 29th in rebounding with 39.3 boards a contest, the Knicks still give the Mavs cause for concern as they try to get back on track.
“We’re catching them at the worst possible time in terms of their season,” Carlisle confessed. “They’re playing their best right now. They’ve got [Carmelo] Anthony back. It sounds like they may have [Raymond] Felton back. They’re deep, they’re talented and they’re athletic. They’re playing with attitude and juice right now, so we’re going to have to be ready.”
“We’ve got to play our game,” starting point guard Jose Calderon added. “You know how [the Knicks] are going to play. They’re going to keep playing the same way whether they’re 20 up or 20 down, so if we’ve got a lead we’ve got to try to be a little bit smarter than the last couple of games and even if we’re down they’re going to let us back in the game as well. So, we’ve got to keep playing for 48 (minutes) and do a good job. It’s been so many losses at home, so we’ve got to take this one.”
Practice Report: Jose Calderon
Mavs PG Jose Calderon talks about improving on the defensive end, the importance of Sunday's game against New York and more.
Note: The Mavs will now continue their homestand Sunday against the New York Knicks. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.
Shawn Marion enters tonight’s game in 20th place on the NBA’s all-time steals list with 1,686, while New York’s Metta World Peace enters tonight’s game in 19th place with 1,688. Ron Harper ranks 18th all-time in career steals with 1,716.
Dirk Nowitzki has 998 career steals and needs two thefts for 1,000. He will become the second player in Mavericks history to record 1,000 steals with the franchise (Derek Harper is Dallas’ all-time leader with 1,551 steals).
Marion has 6,991 field goals and needs nine baskets to become the 61st player in NBA history with at least 7,000 career field goals.
Nowitzki ranks 23rd all-time in career minutes with 41,025. He needs 45 minutes to pass Scottie Pippen (41,069) for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time minutes played list. Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce ranks 21st with 41,178.
Vince Carter’s next appearance will be the 1,100th of his career. He will become the 62nd player in NBA history to play in at least 1,100 career regular-season games. Carter ranks 10th all-time in 3-pointers made with 1,710. He needs 10 treys to pass former Maverick Dale Ellis (1,719) for ninth place on the NBA’s all-time triples list.