DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 118-109, in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
But the sloppy play of the Mavs in regards to protecting the basketball is not something coach Rick Carlisle wants to get accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.
The Mavs turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 26 points for the Hawks.
"Atlanta is a good team, but we have to look at some things and we have to quit jumping in the air and trying to decide what we're doing when we jump in the air,'' Carlisle said. "That's just not going to work.
"But looks, that's part of the growth process.''
Carlisle knows some of the turnovers are coming fast and furious because he has nine new players and they're trying to find each other's comfort zone.
Despite scoring a game-high 32 points, Monta Ellis turned the ball over a game-high seven times. And despite distributing a game-high 11 assists, Jose Calderon uncharacteristically committed four turnovers.
"We're all still getting to know each other and this is going to take awhile,'' Carlisle said. "But tough games like this brings a group together.''
-- Dwain Price
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