Bulls 100, Mavs 91: A Review In Video

Bulls 100, Mavs 91: A Review In Video

'It's a physical game, it's a mental and physical grind that we've got to be ready to take on,'' Rick Carlisle says in previewing Friday's Bulls-at-Mavs matchup. 'It's a playoff-type game.' We use video coverage to take you inside a night at the AAC for what in the end is Bulls 100, Mavs 91:



Knowing what you're in for ...

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle talks with the media in advance of Bulls-at-Mavs about Monta's steal numbers, the "Be Ready'' mantra and the value of experience ...



Thibodeau talks ...

Meanwhile, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau previews the matchup over near his locker room:



"They're playing as well as anyone in the West, as well as anyone in the league,'' Thibodeau says. "A very tough team.''

The Mavs warm-up....

Shawn Marion's shoulder seems healthy enough to shimmy in warm-ups ...



The Bulls do the same ...



Pregame introductions ...

"This never gets old!'' says videographer Willie Martin.



Leading by first-quarter execution ...

Sam Dalembert seems plugged in on the pick-and-roll.



Second-quarter steal ...

Carlisle talks about it before the game and Ellis does it here, collecting his 1,000th career steal and converted with a slam at the other end to put the Mavs up 51-38 with 4:08 left in the half.



The Mavs don't trail in this game through almost three quarters. until the Bulls take a 73-72 lead late in the third quarter.

The official highlight reel ....



Another steal and fast-break dunk by Monta Ellis puts the Mavs ahead 85-84 with 5:07 left and Dallas felt good about itself at that moment.

"I just figured from there, we're going to find a way to win," Dirk says later.

The long walk back ...



The Mavs slip to 36-24 and to seventh place in the West. February is a good month with a 9-3 record. ... but a 16-point lead lost means a big opportunity lost. The Mavs know it, and show it.

There are five Mavericks in games in which they'd led by 17 or more points. This time, 16, and Dirk suggests the big leads might be a bad thing.

"First-half leads mean nothing in this league," Nowitzki says after the game. "I'd rather not be up 16, to be quite honest with you, in the first half."

Vince's Video Visit ...



Carter has 14 points and is 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the first half, but only manages to score one point after halftime.

Dirk speaks ....



Nowitzki had been brilliant this month but this constitutes an off-night, with 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Monta Ellis also makes seven shots (on 19 tries) to score a Mavs-high 20.

"They're a good defensive team," says Dirk of the Bulls. "That's how they win. They're smart, they're long at every position and we weren't particularly shooting the ball very well tonight."

Carlisle's presser ...



Dallas shoots 6-of-25 in the fourth quarter and manages just 15 points.

"Some nights,'' Carlisle says, "teams miss shots and you have to hang in with grit, guts, defense and rebounding. Weird thing about it was we were in front most of the first half and we let them climb back into it with grit, and guts, and rebounding.''

Marion with The Final Word ...



And finally, Trix turns his attention to San Antonio, site of Sunday evening's next opportunity.

They are perfectionists, they are consistent,'' Marion says of the 42-16 Spurs. "We've got to limit them to one shot.''

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