Mavs get back on track
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and grabbed nine
rebounds to lead Dallas over Charlotte, 90-76, at American Airlines Center.
Jason Terry added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Mavs, who got back
into the win column after having their six-game winning streak halted on
Thursday against San Antonio. Dallas also extended its club-record home
winning streak to 16 games.
“We were able to gut out a win,” said Dallas head coach Avery Johnson. We were
emotionally, mentally and physically drained, especially in the first half. We
had a little talk with the team at halftime and they seemed to
respond…[Thursday] took a lot out of our team.”
Gerald Wallace had 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who
have dropped three of four.
The Mavs led 18-16 after one quarter, but Charlotte stayed with its high-
powered opponent and went into halftime leading 37-36.
Dallas, however, gained control in the third. The Mavs opened the stanza with
a 20-4 surge to go ahead 56-41. Terry had seven points during the run, which
was capped by a Marquis Daniels basket with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Mavs continued to pour it on from there, going into the fourth with a
Dallas coasted through the fourth and the Bobcats never got within single
“They were knocking down shots,” said Wallace. “It gets hard to guard those
guys when they are knocking down shots.”
Raymond Felton had 11 points and six assists for the Bobcats, who have yet to
beat the Mavs in four all-time meetings.
Erick Dampier had 14 rebounds for Dallas.
The Mavs’ Keith Van Horn left the game in the first quarter with a sprained
left knee…Prior to the game, the NBA fined Mavs guard Jerry Stackhouse
$30,000 for publicly criticizing officials after Thursday’s game. Stackhouse
got involved in an altercation with San Antonio’s Robert Horry during the
fourth quarter. The altercation resulted in the ejection of Horry, who was
hit with a two-game suspension without pay by the league for part in the
incident…The Bobcats fell to 6-26 on the road…Dallas improved to 27-4 at
home. The Mavs have not lost at American Airlines Center since December 30th
when they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors.