Mavs try to extend streak vs. Nets
(Sports Network) – The red-hot Dallas Mavericks will try to extend their
franchise-record winning streak to 16 games tonight when they close out a
three-game homestand versus the New Jersey Nets at American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks have won a franchise-best 15 straight games and are an
impressive 36-2 over their last 38 contests. On Saturday they recorded a
103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic, as Jason Terry scored 29 points and
dished out 15 assists to lead the Southwest Division-leading Mavs to victory.
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for
Dallas, which clinched a playoff berth and stretched its franchise-record home
winning streak to 22 contests.
Dallas is the top team in the Western Conference, and owns an NBA-best 29-3
record as the host this season.
New Jersey, meanwhile, will continue its six-game road trip tonight and has
dropped two in a row. The Nets opened the trek on Sunday at Philadelphia and
suffered a 99-86 setback to the 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Bostjan Nachbar registered 21 points for New Jersey, which blew a 17-point
lead and fell to 11-17 as the visitor this season. Jason Kidd recorded his
10th triple-double of the year with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in a
The Nets, who are four games off the lead in the Atlantic Division and eighth
overall in the Eastern Conference, will also visit Houston, San Antonio,
Memphis and New Orleans/Oklahoma City on the road trip.
Tuesday’s showdown between New Jersey and Dallas is the second and final
meeting of the regular season. The Mavericks won the first matchup, 92-75, on
December 5 at Continental Airlines Arena.
Dallas has won 12 of 13, 13 of 19 and 14 of the last 21 encounters with the
Nets, who have dropped six straight, nine of 11 and 12 of their last 17 games
at the Mavericks.