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Felton and Wallace combined to miss their first 11 shots and finished 6-for-27 for 19 points. Sean May, benched by Brown earlier in the season because of conditioning issues, went scoreless in 13 minutes, with Brown hinting he could be returning to the inactive list.
"He's just not ready to play," Brown said.
As Richardson missed his third straight game, the fifth-year Bobcats got only 26 points from their starters in falling to 0-9 against Dallas.
The Mavericks, who were 2-7 before rallying to beat New York on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak, easily overcame the distractions from Cuban and Jerry Stackhouse, who was on the inactive list with his future uncertain as his agent explores a potential trade.
The most memorable moment of the second half may have been when a fan shouted "Put Cuban in!" with the Mavericks leading 68-46 late in the third quarter.
"For us tonight's game was a must win," guard Jason Terry said. "We treated this game like a playoff game. The Bobcats have been struggling, and so have we."
Notes: Brown said he would love if the Bobcats could sign F Antonio McDyess, who is without a job after Denver waived him after being involved in the Allen Iverson-Chauncey Billups trade. Brown coached McDyess in Detroit. "I have heard that he wants to reach out to me," Brown said. "He would be perfect for this team." ... Brown said May's weight is down to 273 pounds, but his conditioning is not there. "I just want him to be able to run up and down the court without getting tired," Brown said. ... Mavericks F Devean George missed his 11th straight game as his recovery from a hand injury remains slowed.
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