DALLAS -- Shawn Marion was talking about how the Dallas Mavericks held their own on the boards against the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night when he calmly asked what was the rebounding totals.
Told the Mavs were outrebounded 62-40, Marion gasped: "What? Was it really? Oh my God!'''
After being handed a state sheet that saw Hornets rookie Anthony Davis collected 17 rebounds and temmate Robin Lopez snatch 11, Marion said: "They're big, so you're going to have to give up something.
"I guess we chose to give up (rebounding) and we made them turn the ball over. I guess it all balanced out.''
The Hornets humbled the Mavs on the offensive glass by a sizeable 20-4 advantage. But the Mavs were still able to win the game, 87-74.
The Mavs, of course, are short-handed with the losses of 7-footers Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and Chris Kaman (calf). Still, the rest of the Mavs know they have to do a better job on the boards until Kaman and Nowitzki returns.
"Theer aren't a lot of nights when you can win games when you give up 20 offensive rebounds,'' Marion said. "But we've got to find a way to help each other and get it done.''
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"It was some stretches out there where we were rebounding really well.