LAS VEGAS -- The Dallas Mavericks couldn't overcome the loss of Bernard James on Sunday and wound up losing to the Charlotte Bobcats, 86-80, at COC Pavilion in their second game at the Las Vegas Summer League.
The Mavs are now 1-1 and will next play the NBA D-League team on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. CDT.
James missed Sunday's game with an undisclosed illness and likely will be ready to play Tuesday. The Mavs sure could have ussed his presence against the Bobcats, who abused Dallas on the boards, 39-23.
The Mavs trailed, 50-25, late in the second quarter and 50-28 at the half, before using their defensive execution to make it a six-point game with less than six minutes to go.
"I thought we got after it more,'' summer league head coach Monte Mathis said. "We picked up the intrensity a little bit.
"Jae Crowder got us going with his defense, and that’s the things he's good at doing. Then we did a little bit of trapping to get our energy going, caused some turnovers and got some breakouts. We didn’t get many breakouts the whole game besides from us trapping just because we didn’t have
any defensive intensity.''
The Mavs' defense forced the Bobcats into making 28 turnovers, which Dallas converted into 20 points.
Justin Dentmon led the Mavs with 18 points, Crowder had 16 points, three assists and two steals, Josh Akognon collected 16 points and three steals, and Gal Mekel had 11 points and four assists.
Dentmon said: “I’ve just been trying to do anything they ask me to do, whether it’s knock down open shots or pick up the ball full-court.’’
The Mavs shot 43.3 percent from the field, while Charlotte made 51.9 percent of its shots.
-- Dwain Price
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