Sunday , Mar , 11 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mavericks try to make it 17 straight wins vs. Lakers

(Sports Network) – The red-hot Dallas Mavericks try to extend their
franchise-best winning streak to 17 games when they visit the struggling Los
Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center.

Dallas plays the first of a two-game road trip. All-Star Dirk Nowitzki had
another solid game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the
Mavericks extended their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games with a
102-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets at American Airlines Center.

The 16-game winning streak is the 10th longest winning streak in NBA history.
Dallas’ 103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic last Saturday, their 15th in a
row, broke the old franchise record set October 30-November 27, 2002. The team
has won 51 of its last 56 games, including a franchise-record 23 straight at
home since a 92-82 loss to Detroit on December 7th.

Jason Terry poured in a team-high 24 points in the win over the Nets for
Dallas, which has already secured a playoff berth. Erick Dampier finished with
12 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.

The Mavericks are an impressive 21-6 on the road this season. They will visit
the Golden State Warriors on Monday at ORACLE Arena.

Los Angeles returns home after going winless on a four-game road trip. On
Friday, Andre Iguodala posted 31 points and eight rebounds as the
Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up a perfect six-game homestand with a 108-92 win
over the Lakers at the Wachovia Center.

Superstar Kobe Bryant scored 30 points for Los Angeles, which has lost five
straight games overall. Shammond Williams scored 14 points, while Kwame Brown
posted 11 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost 11 of its
last 14 games overall.

The Lakers are 20-10 as the host this season. They will visit Allen Iverson
and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the squads.
The Mavericks won two of the three previous contests.

Dallas has lost two straight and three of its last four at the Lakers.