Vince Carter drew kudos from Carlisle for the defense he played on DeMar DeRozan late in Wednesday's game.

But it was another defensive play that didn't get the benefit of the referee's whistle that Carlisle really liked. Carter tried to draw a charge from Amir Johnson, but didn't get the call.

"He's the only guy on the team stepping in there and taking charges," Carlisle said. "We got nobody else doing it."

Briefly: Roddy Beaubois made the trip to New York with the team and remains a game-time decision, but Nowitzki and Marion will be sidelined indefinitely. … The Mavericks are optimistic that Elton Brand will rejoin the team after the birth of his daughter Wednesday.