Carlisle unhappy with officials in Mavericks loss

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Dallas Mavericks have lost more than their share of games this season.

Monday night at the Energy Solutions Arena, they discovered a new way to lose.

In a game that became chippy in the fourth quarter, the Utah Jazz put a physical number on the Mavs en route to claiming a 100-94 victory. Afterward, coach Rick Carlisle wasn't pleased with officials Sean Corbin, Bennett Salvatore and Eli Roe.

"They went to basically thugging it up and that's when the game turned, and I thought the officiating went their way," Carlisle said. "They started to get calls and we weren't able to get the whistles.

"That was probably a function of their aggressiveness. But at the same time I thought there were a couple of times where a whistle could have blown for us."

The loss was the 12th in the past 14 games for the Mavs, who fell to 13-22 to open this three-game road trip.

Dallas was holding an 86-80 lead following a layup by Darren Collison with 6:20 left in the game. But the Jazz went on a 13-0 run to take a commanding 93-86 lead with 2:18 remaining.

"We struggled to put the ball in the basket, and we had a couple of turnovers that hurt us," Carlisle said. "There were a couple of times where I thought there were fouls that were missed, and I thought we should have been shooting free throws.

"And so the accumulation of those things turned into a big run for them, and we couldn't get back over the hump. That's disappointing because we played a lot of very, very good basketball."

Carlisle said two plays in question where fouls should have been called occurred when Vince Carter and Collison were apparently hit by Jazz players.

"I haven't seen those plays [on film]," Carlisle said. "Off the top of my head if you're asking me, it's factually what I think. But they picked it up, we played hard but we couldn't make the plays."

While the Jazz were barreling over the Mavs, Dallas went more than four minutes without scoring until Dirk Nowitzki slipped inside for a bucket with 2:05 left. Four free throws by Nowitzki, who scored 20 points in 32 minutes, put the Mavs within 95-92 with 52.3 seconds left.

Gordon Hayward, who scored 27 points, then hit a free throw for Utah, Nowitzki charged into Al Jefferson, and that sent the Mavs to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Wednesday.

Earlier during the Jazz 13-0 scoring spree, Elton Brand thought he had a clean block on a Jefferson jumper, but was whistled for a foul with the Mavs trialing 88-86. Brand then charged toward Corbin, and was whistled for a technical foul.

"In those situations, all of us, we've got to work at keeping our poise," Carlisle said. "It's going to get loud, it's going to get physical, there's going to be officiating calls you don't agree with, and it's tough because that's the kind of game it was."

The Mavs led 26-19 after the first quarter, thanks to Chris Kaman scoring 10 of his 14 points, but the Jazz tied it at the half 53-53 when Marvin Williams made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The game then went nip-and-tuck until the Jazz became physical in the fourth quarter.

"This is another example of an accumulation of little things over 48 minuets that just add up and get us," Carlisle said. "We've got to keep working and clean those things up."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

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