(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks continue their uphill bid for a
playoff spot Wednesday night when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets to American
The Mavs trail the Los Angeles Lakers by three games and the clock is winding
down on the season. Dallas has won six of its last eight and hope is not
totally lost in Big D.
"We've been bouncing back all year," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
"We've had a lot of opportunities to do that unfortunately, but we've got 15
left and we're going to throw the kitchen sink at all 15. We've got some home
games coming up that are big for us, and so we're going to have to be right
and we're going to have to be together."
The Mavericks play six straight at home and five of the six are against
playoff-bound squads, starting with the Nets. The sixth team, the Utah Jazz,
stand between the Mavericks and Lakers for the eighth and final postseason
spot in the Western Conference.
On Monday, the Mavs picked up a critical road win, a 127-113 victory in
Atlanta over the Hawks. Darren Collison led the way for Dallas with 24 points
off the bench. Dirk Nowitzki added 22 and six Dallas players scored in double
The Mavs shot the lights out on Monday, going 57 percent from the field and 59
percent from beyond the 3-point line.
On Mar. 1, Dallas bested the Nets in Brooklyn, 98-90. The Nets are 5-3 since
that setback and began an eight-game road trip with a 119-82 drubbing of the
Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Deron Williams scored a game-high 31 points and handed out five assists. He
shot 10-for-18 from the field and tallied 14 points each in the first and
"I just wanted to impose my will on this game," said Williams, who spurned his
hometown Mavericks as a free agent this past offseason.
Brook Lopez chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds and Joe Johnson added 13.
The Brooklyn bench was awesome on Monday. Andray Blatche recorded 15 points
and eight rebounds, while Jerry Stackhouse and MarShon Brooks netted 10 points
All totaled, the Nets reserves scored 49 points.
The Mavericks have taken six of seven and seven of their last nine against the
Nets. The Nets snapped an 11-game road losing streak in this series on Feb.
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