Thursday , Mar , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs try to tie franchise-best winning streak vs. Cavs

(Sports Network) – The red-hot Dallas Mavericks try to tie a franchise-best
14-game winning streak when they welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight to
American Airlines Center.

Dallas won a franchise-record 14 straight games at the start of the 2002-03

All-Star Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the
Mavericks to their 13th straight win, a 91-65 rout of the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Tuesday at the Target Center.

Jason Terry scored 18 points and handed out seven assists, while All-Star
Josh Howard came back from a sprained ankle to score 17 points and pull down
seven rebounds for the Mavericks. DeSagana Diop pulled down 10 rebounds for
Dallas, which has its second 13-game winning streak of the season.

The Mavericks are 27-6 at home this season and play the opener of a three-game
homestand. They have won a franchise-best 20 in a row at home. Dallas’ last
loss at home was on December 7th against the Detroit Pistons.

Cleveland tries to make it two wins in a row this evening. Larry Hughes’
three-pointer thwarted any chance of a complete Hornets comeback, and LeBron
James scored 35 points with eight assists and five rebounds as the Cavaliers
edged New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 97-89, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Hughes, who scored just 11 points on 5-of-16 from the field, pulled down eight
rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory. Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas
ended with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a brief
two-game skid.

The Cavaliers are just 12-16 on the road this season. They return home to host
the Toronto Raptors on Saturday and the Houston Rockets on Monday at Quicken
Loans Arena.

This is the first of two meetings between the squads this season. Cleveland is
scheduled to host the Mavericks on March 21st.

Cleveland has lost six straight and seven of its last eight at Dallas. The
teams have split the last four contests in the series.