Wednesday , Dec , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Howard guides Mavs past Bobcats

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Howard poured in a game-high 27 points and
pulled down eight rebounds as Dallas easily bested Charlotte, 97-84, at
American Airlines Center.

Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points and seven rebounds for the streaking Mavericks,
who won their seventh straight game and for the 21st time in 24 contests.
Devean George chipped in with 12 points.

Rookie Adam Morrison paced the Bobcats, who are a dismal 2-11 on the road this
season, with 17 points and six boards off the bench. Gerald Wallace tallied 16
points while Matt Carroll finished with 14.

The Mavericks took a comfortable 13-point cushion into the fourth quarter and
quickly put things away by scoring 11 of the frame’s first 15 points. Devin
Harris capped the mini-run with a driving layup to make it a 20-point game,
89-69, with 7:02 left.

Charlotte never really threatened the rest of the way as the Mavs cruised
toward the finish line.

The Bobcats took a slim 26-24 edge after the opening 12 minutes but Dallas
recovered with a solid second quarter to take a 49-41 advantage at
intermission.

The Mavs continued to pull away in the third and entered the final frame with
a 78-65 lead.

Game Notes

The Mavericks, who have won five in a row at American Airlines Center, are
12-3 at home this season…The Bobcats now return home to host Washington on
Wednesday and the Lakers on Friday…This was the second and final meeting of
the campaign between Charlotte and the Mavericks. On November 20th, Nowitzki
scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Dallas to a hard-fought
93-85 victory over the Bobcats at Charlotte Bobcats Arena…Dallas has won all
six meetings between the squads. The Bobcats are 0-3 on the road against the
Mavericks.

DAL CHL