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Was 4th quarter real deal or fool's gold?

After letting Warriors score 70 in first half, Mavs cranked up defense down the stretch

Updated: February 9, 2010, 12:54 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Cuban said Monday evening that he'd have a feel for the "suckiness quotient" of his Dallas Mavericks by the All-Star break.

It was off the charts in the first half against the Golden State Warriors.

A defense that had been awful for more than a month hit a new low. The Warriors' 70 points were the most the Mavericks had allowed in a half since January 2009.

Today we gave up 70 points in the first half, and that's just not good ...

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