Dreadful dozen minutes: Coach Rick Carlisle kept harping on the Mavs’ ugly defensive performance in Friday's first quarter. The Rockets roared to a 16-point lead by scoring 38 points in the first 12 minutes. Houston was 14-of-26 from the floor and had 11 second-chance points in the quarter.
"The truth is, it’s a 48-minute game, and [in] the first 12, we got demolished," Carlisle said. "That can’t happen. Not against this competition."
Added Dirk Nowitzki: "Brutal start to the game. Didn’t really get any stops."
Cold Calderon: Point guard Jose Calderon is off to a horrendous shooting start with Dallas. He’s 1-of-15 from the floor during the Mavs’ 1-1 start, including 0-of-8 against Houston. Carlisle believes Calderon, who led the league in 3-point percentage last season, is still working to get in game shape after a hamstring strain sidelined him for the first half of preseason.
"I’ve also got to do a better job of helping him get better shots," Carlisle said. "I’ll take a lot of responsibility for that."
Crowder goes off in garbage time: Second-year reserve forward Jae Crowder matched his career high with 15 points, all of which came in the final 5 minutes, 15 seconds, when he hit a flurry of five 3-pointers after Carlisle essentially waved the white flag by pulling all of the Mavs’ starters.
"I just didn’t want to lay down," Crowder said. "I felt, since we have to play these guys again, to just put a little fear in their head and their heart and make them think about how the game ended."