CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vince Carter sat gingerly at his locker after Saturday's 101-97 overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, and wondered out loud how did the Dallas Mavericks let this one slip away.
For Carter, it was a game that he almost didn't play in after injuring his left hip flexor during Friday's 104-94 loss to the New York Knicks.
"It's hurting right now a little bit,'' said Carter, who had 19 points and five rebounds in 30 minutes.
The loss dropped the Mavs to 4-3, including 0-2 on this modest two-game road trip. Meanwhile, Carter knows the Mavs should have gone home with at least a 1-1 split of this road trip.
"It's unfortunate that we made mental mistakes,'' Carter said. "I made one on the rebound and threw it away, and I tried to make up for it when I got the rebound.
"But our free throw line block-outs are what really hurt us. It gave them extra possessions.''
The Mavs shot just 40.5 percent from the field, turned the ball over 19 times, and had all sort of difficulties getting a clean shot off late in the fourth period and in overtime.
"We've had better nights and we know we can do it, so we just have to get back to it,'' Carter said. "I think we should have won that game -- we should have won the game before (against the Knicks).
"We just have to get back to executing.''
-- Dwain Price
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