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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Mavs seek to end 3-game road slide

By Jeff Caplan

The Dallas Mavericks won more road games last season (28) than they lost in the last two seasons combined (27). No team has won more games away from home (55) than the Mavs in that time.

Tonight against the struggling Detroit Pistons, they'll try to get their first road win in four tries this season. In two of their three road games, the Mavs have lost by at least 17 points. In the other, at Oklahoma City, they lost at the buzzer.

"One of the best games we’ve played all year was in Oklahoma City and we got beat at the end, so that was a good sign," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after the team's Tuesday morning shootaround. "But the games we’ve had since then haven’t been what we’re looking for, so we have to correct that."

Dallas was shut out 15-0 to end a 17-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then opened their next road game at San Antonio by trailing 19-4 after just a couple of minutes in the eventual 93-71 loss.

Stubborn defense last season and an attitude of invincibility carried the Mavs to a 28-13 road record that tied for the best mark in the league with the Miami Heat. Dallas is 0-3 so far this season with a difficult challenge ahead Wednesday night against a Boston Celtics team that is now healthy, hasn't played since Friday night and is 3-1 at home.

"The important thing is getting on track this year and that’s going to be about our consistent play and efficient play," Carlisle said. "We haven’t gotten there yet."