The Dallas Mavericks have lost a lot of games this season.
But coach Rick Carlisle said Saturday's 99-96 overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets made him feel as though his team hit rock bottom.
It was the Mavs' 11th loss in their past 13 games and dropped their record to 13-21. Five of those losses during that period came in overtime.
In fact, the Mavs have lost seven overtime games this season and an NBA-record tying 10 consecutive overtime losses dating to last season.
But to lose to the Hornets, who entered Saturday's game at American Airlines Center with the second-worst record in the NBA and losers in 14 of their previous games, hit the Mavs hard.
"We need to get a win," said Elton Brand, who had 12 points and five blocks. "We're right there, we're right there, and then we do a bonehead play defensively or offensively. It's like we're sabotaging ourselves. We have to find a way to do better ... so it does feel like rock bottom."
Asked if the loss felt like rock bottom to him, forward Shawn Marion said: "It feels like a lot of things. There's no way to really explain it more than that. Every loss hurts, but it seems like we just can't win."
Owner Mark Cuban, back from a family vacation in the Cayman Islands, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the officiating following the loss. Cuban tweeted: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions? I need help."
7th OT loss has Dallas Mavericks scraping rock bottom
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jan 6