“For whatever reason, this team doesn’t get any respect,” Wittman said. “These young guys just have to make a name for themselves. It’s just baffling some of the things that are said to me by the refs for why they don’t call it. Maybe we just have to send the game film every day to the league.”
Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo (25 points) made two free throws to give his team an 88-70 lead with 11 minutes 15 seconds remaining before Seraphin (16 points) made a 16-foot jumper to ignite a 15-0 run over the next four minutes.
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Martin, who hasn’t made it off the bench in three games this season, nearly rescued the Wizards by scoring 14 points in less than 10 minutes. He hit back-to-back three-pointers to bring the Wizards within 88-85 and force Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle to call timeout. Martin howled as he headed to the bench and his teammates gleefully ran toward him to jump and chest-bump.
“We have a tough group of guys on this team,” Martin said. “Our record doesn’t show how great of a group we are. Everybody on this team can play. We’re struggling right now, but we’re going to continue to fight. We’re not going to give up.”
The Mavericks kept trying to pull away, but the Wizards get charging back until they ran out of time. Martin buried a three-pointer to bring the Wizards within 104-101 with 21.3 seconds remaining but Kaman (23 points) took advantage of a defensive breakdown that left him wide open and he scored a layup as Vesely fouled him. Kaman made the free throw and Chris Singleton missed a three-pointer from the left corner. Dallas secured the rebound and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Price, who had been a backup for his first three seasons in Indiana but was thrust into a starting role with Wall out because of a stress injury in his left knee, was moving around fine after the game without a limp. He said he would be ready when the Wizards take on Utah on Saturday at Verizon Center.
“If it ain’t broke, I’m playing,” Price said, words that could be a motto for his beaten down team.