Dallas Struggling to Close Out Games?
The Mavs, the coolest cats in the NBA last season under late-game duress — as the young Thunder can attest — are having all manner of malfunction this season. They’ll kick themselves all the way across the Red River, too, because they put together their best all-around effort in some time and again seemed to have a mental headlock on their aspiring foes.
But Dallas couldn’t close out a 91-87 lead with 2:24 to play. Jason Terry, who has been calling recently for the late-game rock, couldn’t get it done twice with Dallas down one and then two points, and Dirk Nowitzki, who threw in four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and three in a row late, never got the chance to win the thing.
“Yeah, we should have won the game,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “The last exchange of plays is just, you know …”