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News » Close call Mavs hold on to win as Terry sinks shot with 1.4 seconds left

Close call Mavs hold on to win as Terry sinks shot with 1.4 seconds left

Close call Mavs hold on to win as Terry sinks shot with 1.4 seconds left Rick Carlisle was explaining the Mavericks' inability to foul before a 3-point shot tied the game Monday night. But he might as well have been talking about the Mavericks' season.

"Sometimes," he said, "you're the statue.

"And sometimes you're the pigeon."

On this particular night, the Mavericks were able to fly away with a victory. They weren't exactly pretty. But they were clutch, particularly in the area of Jason Terry, who nailed a baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left that was the difference in a 104-102 victory over the persistent Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers were left to play the role of statue at American Airlines Center, another loss dropped on them like so many feathers from the ungracious birds that have landed on them.

And even though the Mavericks still can't find a killer instinct at home, they got by without another embarrassing loss like the one last week against Golden State.

Terry's shot came after Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala hit from 3-point land to tie the score with 5.6 seconds left. The Mavericks , who led by as much as 17 and were up by 11 with six minutes to go, had to struggle down the stretch. It wasn't until Iguodala missed another long jumper at the buzzer that they could heave a sigh of relief.

The winning play started with Kidd finding Terry on the baseline. He took a quick dribble and launched the shot.

"It's going to be Dirk or Jet on that play," said Kidd, who had a season-best 22 points to go with 11 assists. "Jet was wide-open and we have a lot of confidence in him doing the right thing and he did.

"He was plan A, because I saw he was wide open. Dirk was plan B, C and D after that."

With 1.4 seconds to work with, the Sixers got the ball to Iguodala again, but his heave was off the mark.

The win wouldn't have been possible without J.J. Barea making a trio of big plays earlier in the fourth quarter that kept the Sixers in arrears. And Drew Gooden had a solid 15-point, 10-rebound night off the bench. He was the lone bright spot in the rebounding department as the Mavericks were smashed on the glass for the second game in a row, giving up 24 offensive boards and losing the overall battle 60-37.

And then, of course, there was the failure to close out a game they led by a wide margin early.

Should the Mavericks be worried about their lack of a killer instinct?

"If you look at the record, at least we found a way to kill 13 times, and not kill five times," Nowitzki said. "We'll take it at this point. But if Iguodala makes that shot, we would have been sitting here sick. So we got to do a better job closing out games at the stretch. We'll have to address it and I'm sure we will."

Added Terry: "At home, we get a lead and we just ease up off the gas pedal, and that's just something we can't do."

Still perfect: This was the fifth time that the Mavericks have followed a loss with a win. They still don't have a losing streak yet this season.

But that brings up a bigger question, Carlisle said.

"I think it's a dangerous cycle to get into because then the question becomes, 'Why are you losing in the first place?'" he said. "We're trying to get better every day and get more consistent. ... We want to be good every night. We don't want to have the lapses. We don't want the wild highs and lows that we're going through."

Monday's was by far the closest bounce-back win they've had yet.

Briefly: For the first time in his career, Kidd had at least 20 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a game. Since 1986, it's only been done 27 times, according to ... Quinton Ross said he probably will miss another game or two with his lower-back problem. "It's still the same," Ross said. "I'm getting it worked on, but it's still not right." ... The Mavericks will have a brief workout and weight-room session today before heading out to New Jersey and Memphis.

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