CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Darren Collison shouldered the blame for Friday's 104-94 loss to the New York Knicks.
The Dallas Mavericks' point guard also may not be feeling too good after Saturday's incredible 101-97 overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Collison made some questionable plays down the stretch in the Bobcats' first-ever win over the Mavs in 17 tries. At one point Collison raced down court and put up a wild short shot with the Mavs down four points in overtime, then he turned the ball over with the Mavs down two points.
And that's not counting the inexplicably foul Collison put on Bobcats center Brendan Haywood when Haywoood scored and brought Charlotte within 91-89 with 22.9 seconds remaining in regulation. That play set off a chain reaction that helped lead to the Mavs' downfall.
That's because after Haywood missed the free throw, Kemba Walker collected the offensive rebounds, and Ramon Sessions sent the game into overtime with a driving layup with 2.8 seconds left.
"We made some silly mistakes down the stretch,'' Collison said. "We didn't rebound the ball off of free throws.
"But you've got to give them credit -- they played hard down the stretch. We let this one slip away.''
Collison fimnished with 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and five turnovers in 39 minutes.
Collison did score to draw the Mavs within 97-95 with 24.8 seocnds to go in overtime. But Michael Kidd-Gilchrist drained a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to seal the victory for Charlotte.
"We were playing good for most of the game, and then toward the end we kind of let it slp away,'' Collison said. "But we'll learn from it and we'll get better from it.''
-- Dwain Price
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