WICHITA, Kan. -- Although his team came out on the short end of an 88-76 score to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was somewhat pleased with what he saw from his team.
Especially since the Mavs played without Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter -- all of whom were in Dallas while the Thunder were showing why they could win the NBA title this season.
"I thought we had a lot of guys that really battled tonight,'' Carlisle said. "They are a very physical team.
"We needed our physical guys to battle and I thought for the most part we did. The second half was better than the first half, and we need to build on that and we've got a lot to do before next Tuesday.''
The Mavs play their final preseason game Friday night at 7:30 in Dallas against Charlotte before opening the regular season Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
-- Dwain Price
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