DALLAS -- When Rick Carlisle scanned the stat sheet of the 95-94 loss at Denver on Apr. 4, the Dallas Mavericks' coach noticed a glaring weakness that likely cost his team a chance at getting out of town with a victory.
The Nuggets outrebounded the Mavs, 50-41, in rallying for the win. That includes outrebounding the Mavs on the offensive end, 18-9.
Two of those offensive rebounds came in the game's final 11 seconds when the Mavs were ahead, 94-93.
Wilson Chandler missed a four-footer for Denver, but Kenneth Faried collected the offensive rebound and was fouled by Anthony Morrow. Faried, though, missed both free throws, with his second misfire rebounded by ex-Mavs forward Corey Brewer with nine ticks left.
That directly led to Andre Iguodala strolling down the lane for the game-winning basket with 2.8 seconds left.
Thus, when the Mavs (38-40) host the Nuggets (54-24) at 7:30 tonight at American Airlines Center, Carlisle has stressed to his team that they've got to handle their business on the boards.
"Our rebounding has got to be better -- that was a major part of it,'' Carlisle said of last week's loss to the Nuggets. "We did a lot of good things, we moved the ball well, we scored well.
"It's a tough team, it's a very athletic team, they drive it, so keeping them out of the lane is important. But the rebounding and keeping turnovers down are two big areas.''
-- Dwain Price
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