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Another sorry start for the Mavs

DALLAS -- During his pregame chat with the media, Rick Carlisle said the Mavs were determined not to get off to another sorry start.

That message apparently didn't get across to the team.

The Knicks, a team the Mavs routed by 50 earlier this season, jumped out to a 9-2 lead. This comes a few nights after the seven-win Nets jumped out to an 11-1 lead and were up by as many as 18 in the first half.

The Mavs recognize that there is room for improvement despite their 13-game win streak. It starts immediately after tip-off.