DALLAS -- Yet another game has come and gone where the Dallas Mavericks just didn't pull their weight on the boards.
The Denver Nuggets totally dominated the Mavs on the boards Friday, winning that battle by a sizeable 60-43 margin. The heavy lifting by the Nuggets on the backboards helped them get out of American Airlines Center with a 106-95 win over the Mavs.
"It's a problem that isn't going to go away by talking about it,'' coach Rick Carlisle said of his team's rebounding woes. "It is a collective problem we have to address collectively, and I know we can do it.''
Kenneth Faried pushed the Mavs around all night to the point where he almost had a double-double -- in the first quarter. Faried collected nine points and 11 boards in the first period and finished with 11 points, 19 rebounds and four steals.
"All I can say is that they have a hell of a rebounding team,'' forward Shawn Marion said. "And if we don't take the initiative to collectively rebound as a team it's going to be like that.
"We don't have the most athletic guys, the biggest guys, so when we play teams like that it shows. We've got to find other ways to make adjustments more effective out there and we have to collectively do it together.''
-- Dwain Price
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