Mavs struggling to find finishing touch

Poor execution down the stretch has become a disturbing trend for defending champs

Updated: March 6, 2012, 1:37 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lamar Odom came out playing like his pants were on fire. The Dallas Mavericks ended Monday's game like the ball was on fire.

The first development was a good thing; the second, not so much, eliciting all manner of exasperation from the Mavericks after the 95-91 defeat in a high-intensity matchup that sure would be fun viewing in a couple of months.

"When you put yourself in a situation like this to win the game, you're supposed to win this [expletive]," Shawn Marion ...

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