Friday , Dec , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Red-hot Mavs go for 12th straight win vs. Kings

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks take aim at a 12th consecutive
victory this evening, when the NBA’s hottest club hosts the Sacramento Kings
in a marquee matchup from AmericanAirlines Center.

The scorching Mavericks posted another win on Wednesday, despite being without
star forward Dirk Nowitzki for the majority of the night. Josh Howard and
Jerry Stackhouse picked up the slack by scoring 26 and 23 points,
respectively, to lead Dallas to an easy 117-98 triumph over Toronto.

Nowitzki left with under two minutes remaining in the first quarter with
blurred vision and did not return. He finished with six points and six
rebounds in just 10 minutes, marking the first time since March 13, 2004 the
All-Star forward failed to score double-digits in a game.

After the game, team specialist Dr. Maurice Syrquin examined Nowitzki and
determined that he had a bruised retina. He was then cleared to play and is
probable for tonight’s contest.

Dallas completes a four-game homestand tonight and is 6-2 at AmericanAirlines
Center so far this season.

The Mavericks won 13 in a row last season from January 14th to February 9,

Sacramento also comes in to the contest on a roll, as the Kings earned their
third consecutive victory with Tuesday’s 93-80 home decision over Portland.

Ron Artest scored 28 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Sacramento
while Mike Bibby contributed 19 points and 10 assists.

The win was the Kings’ 14th straight over the Clippers and 17th in a row over
LA in ARCO Arena.

Brad Miller, in his second game back from a left foot injury, had 12 points
and eight boards for the Kings.

Sacramento starts up a brief two-game road swing through the state of Texas
tonight. The Kings, who are 2-3 away from home, will visit San Antonio on

The Mavericks took two of three from Sacramento last season and has won nine
of the last 12 meetings between the clubs. Dallas has also scored over 100
points in 13 of its last 14 matchups with the Kings