Mavs aim for record win streak vs. Magic
(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks shoot for a franchise-record 15th
straight win this evening when they continue a three-game homestand versus the
Orlando Magic at American Airlines Center.
Dallas posted its 14th consecutive win with a 95-92 decision over the
Cleveland Cavaliers in the opener of the homestand on Thursday. Despite LeBron
James netting 39 points, the Mavs were able to hold on for their 21st straight
victory at home. They have also won 35 of the last 37 games overall.
Dirk Nowitzki registered 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, as the
Mavericks nearly blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Jason Terry ended
with 20 points and Josh Howard contributed 17 and 10 boards for Dallas, which
opened the 2002-03 campaign with a franchise-best 14 straight wins.
The Southwest Division-leading Mavericks, who are an NBA-best 28-3 at home
this season, will also host New Jersey on March 6. Dallas’ last loss as the
host was on December 7th versus the Detroit Pistons.
The Mavs are also the top team in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Magic have lost two straight and will wrap up a four-game road
trip this evening at Dallas. Orlando suffered a 98-74 loss to San Antonio on
Friday at the AT&T Center, as Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points to lead the way.
Jameer Nelson contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a
losing effort for the Magic, who have dropped six of their last seven games.
Orlando is 10-20 on the road this season, and currently sits a game off the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Saturday’s showdown between Orlando and Dallas is the second and final meeting
of the regular season. The Mavs won the first encounter by a 111-95 score on
January 23 at Amway Arena.
Dallas has won six of eight and seven of the last 11 meetings. However, it has
lost seven of its last nine trips to Orlando.