Coach Rick Carlisle took the blame for the poor execution on the Mavericks' final two possessions. Jason Terry clearly believed the ball should have been in his hands on at least one of the plays.

The bottom line was Dallas' 93-92 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday at American Airlines Center was a lousy way to begin a post-All-Star break stretch in which the Mavericks will play nine games in 12 days in seven cities.

Dallas was in position to win after using a 13-2 run to take a 92-91 lead on a Jason Kidd 3-pointer with 48 seconds left.