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News » Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-03-07

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-03-07

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2009-03-07
One night after the Dallas Mavericks put forth an emotional effort demanded by their owner Mark Cuban in beating San Antonio, reality bit back hard at New Orleans on Thursday.

The Mavs had no answer -- again -- for Hornets point guard Chris Paul, who scored 27 points and dished out 15 assists in toying with Jason Kidd and the Mavs. While Kidd helped out with 13 points, he had just two assists.

Paul absolutely torches the Mavs. He killed them in the first round of the playoffs last season and he had a brilliant triple-double in the Hornets' earlier victory in Dallas.

The Mavs too often have not just had defensive letdowns, but worse, emotional letdowns. They had no life in the second half defensively.

Sitting in eighth place, two-and-a-half games ahead of Phoenix but losing ground in the other direction, the Mavs are on a collision course with the Lakers for a first-round matchup.

The only way to change that is for a wildly inconsistent team to get hot and then stay hot. They're longest win streak of the season is five. And the schedule turns ugly after Saturday's home date against Washington.

Then it's on the road to play Phoenix, Portland, Golden State and the Lakers.

HORNETS 104, MAVERICKS 88: Outside of Dirk Nowitzki's 27 points and with Josh Howard missing the second half, Dallas found little offense in the second half. Jason Terry finished with just 10 points and Jason Kidd had 13, but just two assists. On the other side, Chris Paul had a team-high 27 points and 15 assists for New Orleans, which defensively held the Mavs to 39.5 percent shooting.

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