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News » Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-10-31

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-10-31

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-10-31The disappointing season-opening loss to Washington doesn't diminish the enthusiasm the Mavericks have for their team. General manager Donnie Nelson would put this group against any he's been associated with in Dallas.

"I'll leave the grading up to you guys," Nelson said, "but this doesn't take a backseat to any group we've had in here."

The Mavs appeared flat-footed and one-dimensional against the Wizards, and struggled to generate offense by anyone not named Dirk Nowitzki. Prized offseason acquisitions Shawn Marion and Drew Gooden were ineffective in their Dallas debuts, but Marion was effective against the Lakers on Friday.

The Mavs are also dealing with the absence of Josh Howard, who's slated to move into the backcourt next to Jason Kidd. Fill-in Quinton Ross doesn't have Howard's offensive punch, which doesn't make for a good combo with Kidd.

But what seemed to be the bigger issue going into a weekend Los Angeles back-to-back against the Lakers and Clippers were their problems defensively. The Mavs were torched by Gilbert Arenas in the pick-and-roll, with Andray Blatche and Randy Foye also killing Dallas off the bench. Those problems looked to be solved against the Lakers.

"We have to play better basketball," Rick Carlisle said before Friday's game. "We have to make more shots and be able to get the ball inside more. Get the ball penetrated more and we are going to be able to have to get stops. It is as simple as that."

With Friday's huge win against the Lakers, it seems like the Mavericks are back on track.

MAVERICKS 94, LAKERS 80: Bouncing back from an opening-night upset, Dallas scored a huge win Friday night in Los Angeles. The Mavs took control early and poured it on in the second half to even their record at 1-1.

Dirk Nowitzki and newcomer Shawn Marion led Dallas with 21 and 18 points, respectively. Jason Terry and J.J. Barea combined for 28 points off the bench. Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds, tying with Erick Dampier for team-high honors.

The scrambling Mavs' defense limited Kobe Bryant to 20 points on 6-of-19 from the floor. Dallas won despite shooting 41.6 percent. The Lakers were held to 39.5 shooting.

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