DENVER -- The last time the Dallas Mavericks were in Denver, coach Rick Carlisle watched over half the game against the Nuggets in the team's locker room.
That's because referee Tony Brothers tossed Carlisle with 5:13 remaining in the second quarter after the Mavs' coach protested a call too vigoriously. Carlisle thought the Nuggets should have been called for a shooting foul while Dirk Nowitzki was in the act of shooting, and he later thought Randy Foye should have been issued a flagrant foul after he clobbered Monta Ellis and landed on top of him.
When Carlisle didn't get either call to go his way in that Nov. 23 game, he went off on Brothers and Brothers ejected him from the game.
"I got thrown out of the game in the second quarter, so I wasn't in that much of control,'' Carlisle said after Wednesday morning's shootaround at the Pepsi Center.
The Mavs were down 48-33 when Carlisle exited. But with assistant Monte Mathis running the show, the Mavs managed to climb ahead 100-98 with 2:01 left following a basket by Nowitzki.
However, the Mavs missed their final five shots and the Nuggets went on to win the game 102-100.
"We hung around, we were able to get a lead late, but it came down to making plays and they made a couple more than we did,'' Carlisle said. "But that’s a long time ago and this is a different night, so we've got to hunker down and get ready to play this thing.''
The Mavs will tipoff against the Nuggets at 7 tonight at the Pepsi Center.
-- Dwain Price
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