Dallas Mavericks

Mavs survive in sluggish battle of the back-to-backs

BROOKLYN – The Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets played each other Monday night while both teams were on the second leg of a back-to-back.

And they played like it.

More artistic games may have been played at New York’s Rucker Park than what the Mavs and Nets put on the Barclays Center court. The Nets shot 39.3 percent from the field and also missed 22-of-25 shots form beyond the 3-point arc.

Meanwhile, the Mavs shot 39.4 percent from the field and was 12-of-19 form the free throw line. And they won this ugly game, 96-88 in overtime.

The Mavs came in after winning in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, 109-90. The Nets came in after losing in Miami, 88-84, on Sunday night.

So it was absolutely no surprise that both teams were at their sluggish best Monday, probably because they left the majority of their energy in Cleveland and Miami.

"We played during the day (Sunday) and they played at night, so we had no excuse to come out flat,’’ forward Chandler Parsons said. "But I’m glad we stayed with it and we didn’t hang our heads and we got it done.’’

The Nets jumped out to a 35-21 lead after the first quarter. Then, they either ran out of gas, or was hit with some of the best defense the Mavs have played this season.

After scoring 35 points on 16-of-26 shots in the first quarter, the Nets scored only 53 points on 17-of-58 over the final three quarters and the overtime session.

"Both teams were on back-to-back, legs were a little tired, both teams shot under 40 percent,’’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "We had to grind this one out, and it’s fun to see that we’re capable of doing that.

"We know we can score. On nights like this it’s good to see we can grind it out, we can get low, press with the defense.’’

Winner of six straight games, the Mavs (26-10) would like to think they can deliver this type of defense on a regular basis.

"The first quarter wasn’t a good quarter for us,’’ Carlisle said. "We weren’t playing well and we weren’t playing hard enough.

"The last three quarters and overtime we really played a hard game and we just found a way, because we weren’t shooting it well and there were some frustrating things that were happening, and they were making some very difficult shots. But we hung in and did it together, and we needed it.’’

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @dwainprice

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