Tuesday , Jan , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – January 18

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – January 18 ===

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks host the Washington Wizards on
Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks have won two straight in this series, including a 122-113
victory at the MCI Center on Nov. 14. The Mavs have won seven of nine and nine
of the last 12 meetings in the set. Washington has lost two straight and three
of its last four at Dallas.

Dallas posted a 98-93 win over the New Jersey Nets at American Airlines Center
on Saturday night. Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to
lead the Mavs to the win. Nowitzki, who needs just two points to reach 10,000
for his career, was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

For just the second time all season, all five starters for the Mavericks
scored in double figures. Jerry Stackhouse finished with 20 points and 10
rebounds, Michael Finley had 16 points and Jason Terry had 15. Erick Dampier
returned to action from a knee injury and scored 10 points while collecting 11

Nowitzki’s double-double was his 18th of the season. Dampier’s was his eighth,
and Stackhouse’s was his first as a Maverick. With a basket tonight, Nowitzki
will join Rolando Blackman, Mark Aguirre, Derek Harper and Michael Finley in
the Mavs’ 10,000-point club.

Dampier (left knee contusion) missed practice on Monday, but he is probable
for Tuesday’s contest.

Mavericks forward Josh Howard missed his third straight game due to an upper
respiratory infection. Howard returned to practice on Monday, opening the door
for a possible return against the Wizards.

The Mavericks, who are in the middle of a three-game homestand, are 13-7 at
American Airlines Center. Dallas is scheduled to host the Los Angeles Clippers
on Thursday in the finale of the brief stand.

On Friday, Dallas will visit Emeka Okafor and the Charlotte Bobcats. The
Mavericks will have a full day off before returning home to host Carmelo
Anthony and the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Nowitzki has scored more than 20 points in 10 straight contests. He is
averaging 29.9 points and 8.7 rebounds in that span. The All-Star forward is
the Mavericks leading scorer (27.2 ppg) and their top rebounder (10.0 rpg).