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The Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd was asked if tonight’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets was a case of playing down to a short-handed team with a bad record.

“This is the NBA and anything can happen if you put your best foot forward,” Kidd said. “As I talked about pre-game, Cliff [Steve Clifford] is going to have these guys play hard no matter who’s in uniform.

“And that’s what they did. Then they made shots, clearly in that first quarter, but our intent – we have to be better. That’s just the bottom line. We weren’t very good tonight.”