Tuesday , Dec , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nowitzki still the man in Dallas

(Sports Network) – All-Star Dirk Nowitzki is once again having another
spectacular season. The 28-year-old forward has been the leader in helping the
Dallas Mavericks bounce back from their 0-4 start.

Nowitzki leads the team in scoring (24.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg). He has
scored in double-digits in 16 of Dallas’ 17 contests and is shooting a solid
49.1 percent from the field, including, including 43.6 percent from beyond the

Dallas (12-5) is just one-half game behind the first-place San Antonio Spurs
in the Southwest Division. On Tuesday, the defending Western Conference
champion Mavericks try to get back on the winning track when they visit the
New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.

It is the first of two meetings between the Mavericks and Nets this season.
Dallas is scheduled to host New Jersey on March 6, 2007 at American Airlines
Center. New Jersey has lost six straight and nine of its last 11 at Dallas.
The Mavericks have won 11 of the last 12 contests in the series.

On Monday, All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas erupted for 38 points and eight
assists as the Washington Wizards cooled off the Mavericks with a 106-97
victory at the Verizon Center. The loss ended Dallas’ 12-game winning streak.

Nowitzki finished with a team-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the
loss to the Wizards for Dallas, which fell for the first time since dropping
its first four games of the season. Jerry Stackhouse and Devean George each
both scored 14 in defeat.

Dallas 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.

The Mavericks are 5-3 on the road this season. After tonight’s game, Dallas
returns home to host Chauncey Billups and the Detroit Pistons on Thursday and
the Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Dallas is 7-1 when it more than 100 points this season. The Mavericks are 2-4
when their opponent reaches the century mark.