The game wasn't even as close as the 11-point deficit would suggest. The Mavericks were down by over 30 for portions of the game and only made the score look respectable after going on a little run at the end of the fourth quarter in garbage time.
I actually expected the Mavericks to lose this game, but I didn't expect them to channel their inner Lakers and look disinterested out there.
For the Mavericks and their fans, this is just the first bump on the road to a title defense. It should be fun to see how they grow over the course of the season.
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