Dirk, Jet battle for the blame

February, 1, 2010
2/01/10
11:48
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SALT LAKE CITY -- At least the Dallas Mavericks' go-to guys are accountable.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry both shouldered the blame for Monday night's loss to the Utah Jazz, when they failed to get a field goal in the fourth quarter for the second consecutive road game.

Nowitzki didn't even get a shot from the floor after the third quarter. That's quite a contrast to his franchise-record 29-point fourth quarter in the Mavs' lone win against the Jazz this season, but it was awfully similar to last week's loss to the Suns, when Dirk only attempted one field goal in the fourth.

"The other day against Portland, at least I had my chances in the fourth," said Nowitzki, referring to a misses he had in the final seconds of regulation and last minute of overtime in the loss to the Trail Blazers. "I probably should have won the game myself. At least I got the ball in the fourth.

"The last two road games, it didn’t happen, but I take it all on me always. I’ve got to be aggressive. If I don’t get the ball, just run to it and make something happen."

Terry got his shots late against the Jazz. They just didn't go down, as he missed all four shots from the floor in the fourth. He also had two of the Mavs' seven turnovers in the fourth.

"I can’t get 0-for," Terry said. "They look for me to do some scoring in the fourth, and I didn’t get it done. I take huge responsibility – myself and Dirk – on propelling this team to wins in the fourth quarter.

"It just didn’t happen tonight. We didn’t take care of the ball and we didn’t do what we needed to do to be successful offensively."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.6 4.7 1.5 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.5
AssistsM. Ellis 4.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.5
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4