The Dallas Mavericks were unable to take advantage of the Golden State Warriors coming into town on the second night of a back-to-back. The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry’s game-high 31 points en route to a 105-101 overtime victory over the Mavericks.
After managing only four points in the first half, Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo scored 23 points in the second half and overtime and finished with a team-high 27 points on the night. He added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 41 minutes. Mayo has now scored 18-plus points in each of his last 10 games (and is averaging 23.7 points in that span). Chris Kaman recorded his first double-double of the season (164th career) with 18 points, a season-high 17 rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. His previous high rebounding total this season was 10 at Indiana (11/16/12). Kaman is averaging 16.0 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game and 2.5 blocks per game over his last four games.
Dallas struggled tremendously on the boards as Golden State outrebounded Dallas 62-43. The 62 rebounds marks a season high for an opponent in that department (61 at Utah on 10/31). Dallas gave up 19 offensive rebounds for 19 second chance points. Shawn Marion played 33 minutes and only had one rebound. Kaman had 17 boards, but the rest of the starters only had nine. Monday marked the first time in Marion’s career where he played at least 33 minutes and only collected one rebound.
Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ overtime loss to Golden State.
On what led to Vince Carter getting the final shot in regulation: “I just liked that situation. He had hit big shots during the game. He got a good look off.”
The rebounding: “That’s the whole game. We’re minus every period except one…That’s the root of a lot of our problems. You could focus on plays at the end of the game, who shot it, whether the ball went in, but it’s possession of the ball that’s hurting us.”
What is the issue with rebounding: “We’ve got to keep studying it, got to keep working on it. We’ve got to get five guys in there every single time. I say it over and over again. I’ll look at the film. I can’t give you a definitive answer that would cover every situation without looking at the film…Sometimes guys are bigger strong, quicker, faster. Whatever the case, it’s got to be part of who we are, that we scramble and stay in there and battle. That’s what we’ve got to do.”
On Darren Collison: “Right now he’s our starting point guard. I know he can play better. I know he’s frustrated with how things are going right now. I’ve just got to help him get better. When players struggle, it’s on the coach. I don’t dodge that responsibility.”
On the Warriors: “They were tougher…They played a very tough game. We didn’t match it.”
On O.J. Mayo: “He was great during that one flurry. He’s improving…We’ve just got to keep working with everybody.”
On finding a group to close out games: “I’m a believer in getting a group of closers. We may have a bigger group of guys. We may seven guys and I might have to choose five out of those seven each night. Collison is one of the guys that has got to help us close. OJ, Vince, Shawn [Marion], [Chris] Kaman and there may two or three other guys occasionally in the mix.”
On being outrebounded: “It’s frustrating because I really had my hand on a lot of them. It seemed like a lot of the ones we lost, some of the times we were battling each other. You’ve got to give them credit. They had us on our heels all night.”
On Stephen Curry: “We couldn’t guard him. He was splitting everything…He was able to do anything and everything he wanted to do on the floor.”
On only having one rebound: “I really don’t know. I take full responsibility on myself not getting at least 10. Other than that, I can’t control anything else…I just couldn’t get to it.”
On how disappointing the loss was: “Totally disappointing. It’s a game we should have had.”
On the Warriors: “They had more energy and outplayed us.”
On what led to his success in the second half: “I just had an opportunity to had the ball in my hands and make something happen. We just came up short tonight.”
What needs to change: “Defensively we have to be tighter and together, five guys on a string. Stephen Curry didn’t outplay one player, he outplayed the Dallas Mavericks.”
On if he felt he could take the game over and carry the team: “It’s not about that. I’m just trying to win the game by any means. I just had an opportunity to have the ball in my hands and create something for our team…We lost the game. I didn’t put the team on my back that well.”
Note: Dirk Nowitzki will speak to the media on Tuesday afternoon. It will be the second time that Dirk will address the media and give an update on how the rehab process is going on his knee.
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.