DALLAS -- Asked what he learned about his team during this past Wednesday's 114-111 victory over the New York Knicks, and Rick Carlisle didn't mince words.
"That our pick-and-roll defense was horrible,'' the Dallas Mavericks coach said. "That was the first thing.
"We’ve got to be better in that area. I like the way we hung in.''
The Mavs were down 10 late in the first quarter against the Knicks, then used a furious 29-10 rally and eventually went up by 12 (102-90) with six minutes left. But the Mavs watched in horror as the Knicks got within 112-111 and was shooting to win the game.
However, Shawn Marion's tough defense forced Carmelo Anthony into pump-faking and missing a 15-footer with 4.8 seconds remaining in the game.
"We did some good things to get a lead, but we really just outscored them during that stretch,'' Carlisle said. "We just weren’t able to get much traction defensively.
"We did a lot of work on defense (in practice) today.''
-- Dwain Price
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