DALLAS -- Coach Rick Carlisle did what some coaches usually do when their team doesn't perform up to expectations.
The Dallas Mavericks' coach took full blame for Monday's 110-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
After the Mavs let yet another team shoot over 50 percent from the field, and also outhustle them on the boards, Carlisle took one for the team.
"This is a coaching loss,'' Carlisle said. "I didn't have these guys ready to play -- it's clear.
"I'll take the blame for this. Just didn't have them ready to play.''
The Mavs led 22-11 with 6:15 left in the first quarter, but trailed 32-27 by the time the first 12 minutes ended. From there, the Mavs played catchup and never caught up to a Nuggets' team that beat them for the second time in three days while saddling Dallas with its first loss at home this season.
Asked about Carlisle putting the blame on himself for the loss, forward Dirk Nowitzki said: "It is what it is. We didn't play well enough.
"We started out fine, we were up 12-4 and the next thing you know they shot an unbelievable percentage. That's really what it comes down to, defensively we couldn't ever get the job done.''
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