Mavs attempt to tie franchise record against Lakers
(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks try to tie a franchise-best 14-game
winning streak when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples
Dallas won a franchise-record 14 straight games at the start of the 2002-03
All-Star Dirk Nowitzki poured in a season-high 36 points and Josh Howard came
up huge with 18 points and 12 rebounds, as Dallas stretched its winning streak
to 13 games with a 90-85 decision over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at the
Nowitzki and Howard were the only two Dallas players in double figures, but
the Mavericks were able to rally from a 12-point second-quarter deficit.
The Mavericks, who play the middle contest of a three-game road trip, are 11-4
on the road this season. They will visit Carlos Boozer and the Utah Jazz on
Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Lakers try to extend their winning streak to four games. Smush Parker
scored 23 points and the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets, 123-104, at the
Staples Center despite only eight points from superstar Kobe Bryant, who did
finish with 10 assists.
Andrew Bynum scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards for LA, which has won
four of its last five games overall. Luke Walton scored 18 points and handed
out eight assists for the Lakers, while Brian Cook and Maurice Evans netted 16
LA is 15-4 as the host this season. The Lakers are scheduled to visit the
Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
This is the second meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On December
13th, Nowitzki had a fabulous all-around game with 23 points, 14 rebounds and
eight assists to lead Dallas to a 110-101 win over the Lakers at American
Dallas has lost two of three and 28 of its last 30 at the Lakers. The
Mavericks have won two in a row in this series.