Mavericks have reason for hope

Loss is difficult to swallow, but team's performace, attitude are encouraging

Updated: December 30, 2011, 3:23 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- One flick of Kevin Durant's wrist splashed a remarkable, fall-away, 27-foot game winner at the buzzer, stealing an elusive first win from the Dallas Mavericks, and then setting off a wildly odd spectrum of emotion from a defending champion still grappling with how to look and act like one in its new skin.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the basketball gods are not with his team, not yet.

"When you're going through a tough stretch, those kinds of shots go in against you," ...

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