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Tuesday, December 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (8-10) at Dallas Mavericks (10-8), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks will try to halt a two-game losing
streak Tuesday night when the Charlotte Bobcats pay a visit to American
The Mavs fell in Atlanta to the Hawks on Friday night, then couldn't stem the
tide on Saturday when the Minnesota Timberwolves came to Big D and left with a
The Wolves shot 50.6 percent against Dallas and outrebounded the Mavs, 44-37
"A lot of work defensively," head coach Rick Carlisle said, describing
Monday's practice. "You know, keeping people out of the paint is a real
priority right now, and we got hurt with that badly against Minnesota. It's
been our most consistent challenge defensively, and we're working hard on
that. It's got to be a collective group challenge that we take on."
Monta Ellis led the way against the Wolves with 26 points, followed by 23 from
Dirk Nowitzki. Samuel Dalembert added 12, while DeJuan Blair had 11 and Vince
Carter chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Jose Calderon missed the Minnesota game with a right ankle contusion and is
listed as day-to-day. Gal Mekel started in his place on Saturday and scored
six points on 3-for-12 shooting.
The Bobcats have dropped three of four, including a 99-98 heartbreaking loss
at Miami on Sunday.
Chris Bosh of the Heat nailed a trio of 3-pointers in a 79-second span late in
the fourth to help the Heat rally. Charlotte held an 87-80 lead with less than
four minutes to go.
"It's tough because we deserved to win that game. We just didn't finish,"
Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson told the Charlotte Observer.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 27 points. Henderson scored 17 points and Al
Jefferson registered a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Josh
McRoberts and Ramon Session each contributed 10 points.
The Bobcats return home for three straight following Tuesday's tilt with the
The Bobcats defeated the Mavericks on Nov. 10, 2012 which snapped a 16-game
losing streak to Dallas. Charlotte has been held under 100 points in 16 of the
last 17 meetings between the two teams.
12/03 10:43:18 ET