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Mavs are determined not to let disappointing loss to OKC affect them on road trip

DALLAS — Despite surrendering a 15-point lead and eventually falling to a 92-91 defeat Monday night against Oklahoma City, the Dallas Mavericks know they must quickly move on in order to preserve their playoff hopes during an upcoming five-game road trip.

Going scoreless during the final 3:30 of play while Oklahoma City finished Monday’s game on a 14-0 run, the Mavericks (31-42) seemingly watched helplessly as MVP candidate Russell Westbrook and the Thunder stole a victory on the road. The Mavs will now attempt to quickly make amends for that disappointing loss and a 1-3 homestand during the next five games on the road, beginning the difficult stretch Wednesday night in New Orleans. That said, the Mavericks know they can’t allow the bitter taste of Monday’s loss to linger if they’re going to find success away from home, hoping to crack a dent in their four-game deficit behind Portland for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

“We don’t have a choice. No one is going to feel bad for us. Maybe we need a little road, us-against-the-world mentality. It’s basketball, and you’ve got to love it,” Mavs swingman Wesley Mathews proclaimed after tying a team high with 15 points during the loss.

“I mean, we came out with the right attitude (on Monday) to start the game out,” he added. “They came out more aggressive in the third quarter. There were too many turnovers, and we still built the lead up. They got more physical, but we were there. It was our game, and they took it. We can’t do (anything) about it now. We’ve got to move on.”

Leading by as many as 15 in the first half during Monday’s defeat, the Mavericks took a 50-35 advantage into the midway mark. The Mavs then overcame a furious run by Westbrook and the Thunder in the third quarter to pull within one, taking a 69-57 lead into the fourth period after finishing the third on a 13-2 run.

However, after going ahead by 13 at 91-78 with 3:30 remaining following a three-pointer by undrafted rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell, the Mavericks would grow stagnant down the stretch. And with Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes struggling to just 10 pints during a 4-of-14 shooting night, the Dallas squad couldn’t avoid being outscored 35-22 in the final period as Westbrook tallied up 16 of his game-high 37 points in the last quarter.

“Well, you know, you’ve got to pick yourself up. That’s what this league is all about,” Barnes said after the loss. “You’ve got to move on to the next game. Obviously, I wasn’t great down the stretch (on Monday), and I’ll be better the next game. That’s the mentality that our team has to have.”

Traveling to New Orleans for Wednesday’s Southwest Division showdown against the rival Pelicans (31-43), the Mavericks will now attempt to replicate wins in two of the three matchups between the teams this season.

Despite All-Star MVP Anthony Davis’ game-high 36 points, the Mavs sprinted to a 91-81 home win over the Pelicans when the teams first squared off on Nov. 27. Davis’ 28 points and 16 rebounds then powered the Pelicans to a 111-104 home win on Dec. 26 as the scene shifted to New Orleans’ home floor. The Mavericks moved to 2-1 in the season series from there with a 96-83 win at home on Feb. 25, overshadowing Davis’ 39-point barrage. But if the Mavs are successfully going to seize the season series, it will take elevating their play on the road and not allowing Monday’s disappointing defeat to carry over.

“There’s not a lot we can take away from (Monday’s loss),” Barnes admitted. “We kind of had the lead and kind of blew it there. What got us that lead, we didn’t really do it down the stretch. So, I think that’s what really came back to bite us.”

Note: The Mavericks will now begin a five-game road trip Wednesday in New Orleans, taking on the Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 2-1. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. That game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor on April 7, welcoming in the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio leads the season series 2-1. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on TXA 21 and 103.3 FM ESPN. That game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Seth Curry (left shoulder injury) — day-to-day

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