Monday , Feb , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas needs a big homestand

(Sports Network) – Dallas owns an impressive 39-11 record, but still trails
the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs by one game in the Southwest
Division.

The Mavericks will try and rebound from a rare loss on Monday against the New
York Knicks. On Friday, Kenyon Martin scored a season-high 34 points on 14-
of-18 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds as the Denver Nuggets cooled off
the Mavericks, 113-104, at the Pepsi Center.

Keith Van Horn poured in 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench in
the loss to the Nuggets for Dallas, which had its season-high 13-game winning
streak halted. Jerry Stackhouse also came off the bench and contributed 20
points, while Dirk Nowitzki netted 19 in defeat.

The Mavericks, who play the first of a six-game homestand on Monday, are an
impressive 20-4 as the host this season. They will play Washington on
Wednesday in their final contest before the All-Star break.

Dallas will also host the Clippers, Memphis, Toronto and Philadelphia on the
stand.

The Mavericks and Knicks will meet for the second and final time this
season. On January 11th, Stephon Marbury netted 28 points
and dished out six assists as the Knicks edged the Mavericks, 117-115, in
overtime at Madison Square Garden. With the victory, New York snapped a seven-
game series losing streak.

Dallas has still won eight of 11 and 10 of the last 16 contests in this
series. New York has dropped five straight and seven of its last eight at
Dallas.

Nowitzki, who will play in his fifth All-Star Game on Sunday at the Toyota
Center, leads the Mavericks in scoring (25.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg).
He has scored in double-digits in all 50 games and has collected 17 double-
doubles. The 7-0 forward is averaging 21.8 points and 7.9 boards in his last
10 outings.

The Mavericks have scored over 100 points in four straight and 13 of their
last 16 games. They are 17-3 in their last 20 games overall.

DAL