DALLAS -- With Friday's 100-91 loss to the Chicag Bulls, the Dallas Mavericks have now lost six games this seaosn when they've held at least a 16-point lead.
But the fact that the Mavs lost another game after leading 38-22 early in the second quarter is not alarming to Dirk Nowitzki.
"First half leads mean nothing in this league,'' the Mavs' all-star forward said. "I’d rather not be up 16, to be quite honest with you, in the first half.
"A 16-point lead in the first half, that’s a couple,of stops, a couple of three's and the lead’s gone. And like I said if you’re up 20 on them it doesn't really matter.''
It doesn't matter because the Bulls thrive on chipping away at big leads. They know how to roll up their sleeves and pound a team into submission with their physical brand of basketball.
"They compete the same way,'' said Nowitzki, who scored 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting. "They keep grinding and grinding on both ends of the floor.
"Usually sometimes they can't score enough to win on the road, but they were great. (Kirk) Hinrich shot the ball well, (Taj) Gibson was great, (Mike) Dunleavy made some big shots. I think when those guys shoot the ball well from the outside they’re dangerous.''
-- Dwain Price
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