AUBURN HILLS, Mich. --Apparently, the Dallas Mavericks like the game to be uncomfortable.
What other explanation is there after the Mavs blew a 15-point lead with under 10 minutes left in Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons, only to find a way to survive and win, 102-99, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
"We like it uncomfortable,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's supposed to be uncomfortable.
"This is the NBA. The NBA is the best basketball in the world.''
After the Pistons employed a 24-8 tear to take a 97-96 lead with 2:29 left, the Mavs finished the game on a 6-2 run to pad their won-loss record to 28-33. The win wasn't anything impressive, but in their position, the Mavs could care less about style poiints.
“You’ve got to play 48 minutes,'' Carlisle said. "They made a run, we missed some shots, made a couple of mistakes and boom, you can knock a 15-point lead down to six in a minute or so, and that’s kind of what happened.
"From there it was more of an uphill battle, but we got it done. But we’ll take it and run and get the
hello out of here.’’
-- Dwain Price
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