Monday , Dec , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs try to lasso win at Washington

(Sports Network) – The red-hot Dallas Mavericks will take their winning streak
on the road this evening against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.

Dallas has won 12 straight since opening the season 0-4 and defeated the
Sacramento Kings, 109-90, on Friday at American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki
scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while showing no signs of a
bruised retina. Nowitzki left Wednesday’s win over Toronto with blurred vision
in his right eye.

The Mavericks won 13 in a row last season from January 14th to February 9,
2006. The Mavericks registered a franchise-best 14 straight wins from October
30th to November 27, 2002.

Josh Howard led the way with 24 points in the win over Sacramento for the
Mavericks, who haven’t trailed in their last four contests. Dallas is just two
victories shy of a team record for longest winning streak, set at the start of
the 2002-03 campaign.

Jerry Stackhouse and Devin Harris each scored 13 for the Mavs, who will visit
Washington and New Jersey on their brief trip, and own a 5-2 mark as the guest
this season.

Dallas is just a half-game ahead of San Antonio in the Southwest Division.

Meanwhile, the Wizards had a two-game winning streak stopped and lost for the
fifth time in seven games with Saturday’s 112-94 setback to the Chicago Bulls
at the United Center.

Caron Butler led the Wizards with 21 points on 8-of-15 from the field with 10
rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson contributed 12 points. Antonio Daniels netted
11 points and Gilbert Arenas finished with 10 for the Wizards.

Dallas defeated the Wizards by a 107-80 score on November 21 this season after
going 2-0 last season. Washington has won six straight, nine of 10 and 11 of
the last 13 meetings.

The Mavericks have also won two in a row and seven of their last eight games
at the Wizards.