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News » Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-03-01

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-03-01

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-03-01
The Dallas Mavericks keep talking about making a playoff push. Their performances don't provide much confidence that will happen.

Even as they moved to a season-best 12 games over .500 on Friday night, they looked sluggish and uninterested against an Oklahoma City team that played all but eight minutes without their star Kevin Durant. Durant left in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle sprain and did not return.

The Mavs, who lost to a Spurs' team without Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, needed a 16-0 run with less than five minutes left in the game to come back from a 12-point deficit. Even then, the Mavs blew a 95-90 lead down the stretch and had to finally pull it out in overtime.

The emotion and intensity expected of a bona fide contender has come and gone all season. The question is why? No one ever seems to have an answer.

If trends hold, the Mavs will have a good chance to move 14 games above .500 with Toronto in town Sunday and then a road game Monday against Oklahoma City.

Dallas has made a habit of feasting off the bottom dwellers and struggling against the better teams.

MAVERICKS 110, THUNDER 108 (OT): Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 41 points in 46 minutes and had nine rebounds. The other four Mavs starters combined for 32 points as the Mavs needed a 16-0 run to come back from an 87-75 deficit with less than five minutes to play. Josh Howard battled foul trouble and finished with 13 points and Jason Kidd had 10 points. He made just two of eight shots, one being a three-pointer in overtime. Without Kevin Durant (sprained right ankle) for most of the game, rookie guard Russell Westbrook took charge for 33 points, five assists and eight rebounds. Jeff Green had 28 points.

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