CHICAGO -- Another game in another city turned in yet another loss for the Dallas Mavericks.
One night after losing by two points in Philadelphia, the Mavs got hammered by the Bulls in Chicago, 101-78, Wednesday night at the United Center.
The Mavs (7-9) ended this two-game road trip 0-2 and will host Detroit on Saturday before hitting the road again for a game next Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
Unlike Tuesday in Philly, when the game was there for the taking, the Mavs had no honest shot at beating the Bulls after the first quarter. The Mavs only trailed, 24-23, after the first period, but the Bulls outscored them 34-19 in the second period and led 58-42 at halftime.
From there, the Bulls just kept pouring it on.
Shawn Marion led the Mavs with 18 points, and Vince Carter, Chris Kaman and Dominique Jones each tallied 10 points. Luol Deng paced the Bulls (7-7) with 22 points and Joakim Noad added 13 points, 10 rebounds ansd five assists.
The Mavs played without point guard Darren Collison, who sprained his right middle finger -- apparently in Tuesday's game against the Sixers.
Following a 4-1 start, the Mavs have now dropped eight of their last 11 games.
-- Dwain Price
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