The Hot Corner | Mavericks Struggle in Fourth

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The Dallas Mavericks and the Texas Rangers were in action on Monday, while the Dallas Stars had a night off.

Here is what happened on the court, on the field, and behind the scenes.

Dallas Mavericks (36-36, second in Southwest Division, seventh in Western Conference)
Last Game: Memphis Grizzlies 112, Mavericks 108

The Mavericks held a 13-point lead at the end of the third quarter but managed only 12 points in the fourth. Jaren Jackson Jr. and TCU alum Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies’ charge in the final five minutes to secure the win, as Dallas shot just 14.3% in the quarter.

“We have to be better, but we put ourselves on the road against a very talented team to win,” head coach Jason Kidd said in his postgame press conference. “Twelve points in the fourth is not going to help the cause. We’ve got to just be better on the offensive.”

Noteworthy: The Mavericks slide down to seventh place in the Western Conference with 10 games to play. Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Utah, New Orleans, and the Los Angeles Lakers are all within a half-game of the Mavs.

— Dallas can jump the Golden State Warriors in the standings with a win at home on Wednesday.

— Luka Doncic missed his fifth consecutive game with a left thigh strain. Dallas is 2-3 over that span, with all three losses to Memphis.

— The Mavericks finish their three-game road trip 2-1.

Next Up: Golden State Warriors (37-36) at Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday


Texas Rangers (11-12, ninth in Cactus League)
Last Game: Rangers 5, Cleveland Guardians 5

A late-game comeback led the Rangers to their first tie of the spring. Cleveland led 5-1 in the sixth, but Sandy Leon’s RBI single that scored Josh Jung started a rally in the seventh as the Rangers plated four runs to tie the game.

Noteworthy: Dane Dunning, possibly fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings.

— Shortstop Corey Seager extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games, going 2-3 with a run scored.

— The Rangers are off on Tuesday, and Jon Gray and Nathan Eovaldi are scheduled to start split-squad games when play resumes Wednesday.

Next Up: Chicago White Sox (9-9) at Rangers (split-squad), 3:05 p.m. CT Wednesday; Rangers (split-squad) at San Francisco Giants (9-12), 3:05 p.m. CT Wednesday


Dallas Stars (38-19-13, first in Central Division, third in Western Conference)
Noteworthy: Dallas sits in third place in the Western Conference, three points behind Vegas and Los Angeles, which are tied for first in the conference. Dallas has 89 points on the season, just ahead of Colorado, Minnesota, and Edmonton, who have 88 each.

Dallas has recalled goalie Remi Poirier from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL). Poirier was a sixth-round pick by the Stars in the 2020 NHL Draft and is 5-3-2 in his first minor league season. Dallas loaned goalie Matt Murray to Texas to open up a roster spot for Poirier.

Next Up: Seattle Kraken (38-24-7) at Stars, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday


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