About shutting down Deron Williams . . .
"It's not a match-up; he wins that . . . He's a talented point guard and one of the best in the league right now, so we just tried to make it tough on him." -Jason Kidd
"Our guys fought hard the entire night against Williams. He's a great player. He missed some shots he'd normally make, but we worked awful hard . . . Our big men were ready to help too."
"It's always a friendly battle, but you know he's a top point guard in the league, and it's a tough challenge. Defending him is probably one of the toughest challenges in the league." -Jason Terry
Regarding another huge second half, in which Dallas outscored Utah 54-38 . . .
"I think we got a little bit lack of energy in the second half. In the first half, we were running, we were active, we were pressing them. In the second half, it was just a different team." -Andrei Kirilenko
"Our first half we were a bit sluggish. I thought we let their activity get to us a little bit. In the second half we just played with a lot more attitude, which you have to do here." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Big props for Brendan Haywood, who played nearly thirty minutes and contributed six rebounds and two blocked shots . . .
"I thought the most important player in the entire game was Haywood. In the second half he controlled the painted area defensively. He played with unbelieveable attitude around the basket, and he made some pivotal plays on offense." -Coach Rick Carlisle
A little professional respect from the opposition . . .
"You have to give them credit. They came in here and they beat us in our own building and they did a heck of a job. They're very good defensively. They got up and played us." -Coach Jerry Sloan
About the attitude and mood amongst the Mavericks as a group . . .
"We feel we can beat anybody anywhere. We are playing great basketball. The environment in that locker room is second to none." -Caron Butler
The KIDDIRK Minute Watch -- both played under thirty minutes in the games against Houston and Minnesota, and Kidd sat the entire fourth quarter tonight . . .
"It's a luxury when it happens. We'll take advantage of it whenever we can . . . But it may be a while before we have it again." -Coach Rick Carlisle
It's a fast league, this . . .
"We don't have much time to relax; we gotta go to Sacramento and play tomorrow. So we'll try to get out of here as quick as we can." -Coach Rick Carlisle