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Curry's solid debut helps Mavericks finish preseason at .500

DALLAS -- Eddy Curry's baptism by fire Friday night wasn't all that bad.

The newest member of the Dallas Mavericks scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots in 25 minutes as the Mavs scored the game's final 14 points en route to a 99-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Center.

Acquired off waivers on Thursday, Curry went through a 75-minute shootaround Friday morning and was in the starting lineup.

But the short notice didn't seem to affect Curry, who was released by the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

"I think to say that a little over 48 hours ago I was in San Antonio, it wasn't too bad," Curry said.

"The first couple of minutes were a little tough for me, but after I calmed down I was fine."

Six players scored in double figures for the Mavericks, who finished preseason with a 4-4 record.

Shawn Marion led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. O.J. Mayo finished one assist shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Dallas led 63-43 early in the third period before the Bobcats moved within 85-82 with 3:42 left in the game. Vince Carter then scored five of his 10 points and the Mavs' defense held Charlotte scoreless the rest of the game.

"There were some positives in the game," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I wasn't really worried with looking at the score. I'm just kind of looking at how we're playing."

West's future

Owner Mark Cuban will decide if and when he waives or trades guard Delonte West, who was suspended indefinitely by the Mavs on Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team.

"No decision has been made," Cuban said. "We also are in no rush to make a decision, so we'll do what we think is best. But we're not going to be in a situation like we were with a player last year."

Last year the Mavs gave Lamar Odom many chances before they put him on the inactive list last April. They traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers in June.

Meanwhile, because the Mavs have 16 players on their roster, they will have to release someone by Monday, the NBA deadline for teams to trim their roster to 15 players.

A lesson learned

Shawn Marion and Vince Carter didn't make the trip to Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday when the Mavs played Oklahoma City.

That's the same trip when Delonte West drew an indefinite suspension from the Mavs for conduct detrimental to the team.

Rick Carlisle admits what happened with West may not have been avoided even if Marion and Carter were on the trip.

Yet he did say: "I learned one thing. Don't leave your best leaders at home. That's probably an accurate statement."

Crowder OK

Rookie Jae Crowder said after Friday's game that he's fine and will not miss Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rick Carlisle said in his postgame news conference that Crowder had pulled his right hamstring late in Friday's game.

"Please tell the world I'm good," Crowder said. "It's just strained a little bit, and it felt awkward. I scared myself and I didn't know what it was. It's just a little tight, but I'll be fine. Please tell the world I'm fine and I'll be ready to play."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

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