Tuesday , Apr , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – April 5

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – April 5 ===

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks start a four-game homestand on
Tuesday, as they welcome the Orlando Magic to American Airlines Center.
Orlando defeated Dallas, 94-84, at TD Waterhouse Centre on November 9th to
snap a three-game series losing streak. The Magic have lost in their last six
trips to Dallas.

Dallas hopes to bounce back after having a four-game winning streak snapped in
Sunday’s 100-80 loss at Cleveland. LeBron James finished with 37 points, 10
rebounds, and seven assists to lead the Cavaliers.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 21 points and Jerry Stackhouse
scored 16 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who had won eight of their
previous nine contests. Michael Finley and Jason Terry had 13 points apiece in
the losing effort.

The Mavs have clinched a playoff berth in the Western Conference, and sit
comfortably in fourth place. Fifth-place Sacramento is five games behind them
in the standings.

Dallas will host the San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies in the
other games on the current homestand. The Mavericks will play San Antonio on
Thursday, Utah on Saturday and the Grizzlies next Monday.

The All-Star Nowitzki has scored more than 20 points in four straight and 18
of his last 20 games. He is averaging 25.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in his last
10 contests. The 7-0 forward has registered 37 double-doubles in the 2004-05

The Mavericks will play five of their final nine games in the regular season
at American Airlines Center.