DALLAS -- Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd probably thought that was a nice birthday present the Dallas Mavericks gave him Sunday night.
The Mavs led 72-59 late in the third period, then crumbled down the wire and wound up losing, 107-104, in overtime to the Nets.
Afterwards, the Mavs were bemoaning missed opportunities, missed free throws and missed defensive assignments. All of those added up to the Mavs (42-29) sliding from seventh to eighth in the Western Conference standings.
"This is a very exciting time and we've got to treat every single possession with utmost respect,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "We just had too many lapses tonight.
"A lot of them were on innocent plays when we had a lead, but you know, in a one-possession game, those things come back on you.''
The Mavs are now 2-2 on this eight-game home stand. Plus, they're only half-a-game ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot out West.
-- Dwain Price
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