Dallas Mavericks Team Report – January 28
=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – January 28 ===
(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks try to extend their season-high
winning streak to 10 games tonight when they wrap up a brief two-game road
trip against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
The Mavs’ latest win came on Tuesday, as Dirk Nowitzki had a career-high 43
points, but his effort was overshadowed by Antoine Walker’s fade-away jumper
that beat the buzzer and gave the Dallas a dramatic 118-116 triumph over
Nowitzki hit 8-of-11 from three-point territory and 16-of-22 from the field
overall, but missed a pair of free throws with 21.8 seconds remaining that
would have given the Mavericks a two-point lead.
Seattle’s Ray Allen was then blocked by Michael Finley at the other end with
less than two ticks left, much to the dismay of a packed KeyArena crowd.
After a timeout, Walker took the inbounds pass on the wing and drained a long
jumper over Vladimir Radmanovic for the win.
Walker had 17 points for Dallas, which is in the midst of its longest win
streak since opening the 2002-03 season 14-0. Finley added 17 points and Steve
Nash scored 19 with eight assists.
On the injury front Dallas is expected to have center Danny Fortson back in
the lineup tonight. Fortson has missed the last three games after having a
tooth extracted. Also, Marquis Daniels could return after missing the last six
games with the flu.
The Mavs have won five straight on the road and are 9-13 away from home this
The Jazz have split their two meetings with the Mavs this season and have won
two of the last three in the series. Dallas, though, has won three of five,
six of nine and eight of the last 13 matchups, including two straight and five
of eight in Utah.