NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 2 (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki
and Jerry Stackhouse
keyed yet another Dallas Mavericks' victory over the New Orleans
Nowitzki scored 20 points and Stackhouse added 19 off the bench
to lead the Mavericks to their 11th consecutive victory over the
Hornets, a 90-82 triumph.
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Dallas has not lost in the series since a 104-99 road setback on
Nov. 17, 1999, when the Hornets were in Charlotte, while
winning every game by an average of 10.6 points.
"(Dallas) has our number. I don't know what it is," Hornets
center P.J. Brown
said. "They have a lot of great shooters on
the perimeter. Defensively, I don't think we're physical enough
with them. You have to set the tone early with them
defensively and try to get them out of their rhythm."
"We seem to match up with (the Hornets) well," said Dallas guard
, who scored 12 points. "Offensively, we seem to
get things clicking. That's no knock on their personnel,
because it's changed. Whenever we do play them, we hit them at
a time when we're playing great basketball."
After winning just 16 road games last season, the Mavericks are
13-6 away from home this season. They have won nine of their
last 12 on the road and 13 of their last 17 overall.
Dallas had little difficulty in this one, leading by eight
points after the first quarter. After a 3-pointer by Dan Dickau
pulled New Orleans within 37-31 with 7:01 left in the second
period, Dallas went on a 10-3 run to take a double-digit lead
that they maintained until the final minute of the contest.
The Mavericks took their largest lead at 61-40 on a three-point
play by Nowitzki with 10:32 left in the third quarter.
Plagued by a sinus infection, the All-Star forward connected on
just 7-of-21 shots. But Nowitzki wasn't complaining.
"Actually, I felt a hundred percent better than last night," he
said. "It was almost to the point where I wasn't going to play
(against Miami on Tuesday). But today I felt good. I got a lot
of sleep last night. My jump shot was off, but Friday (at
Indiana) we've got to take our game to another level."
Stackhouse followed his 24-point performance against Miami by
connecting on 6-of-11 shots and 7-of-8 free throws. The
first-year Maverick continues to shine as the team's sixth man.
"I feel cool," said Stackhouse, who is averaging 15.7 points.
"It's been a great experience for me, to be on a team that
really has a chance to go far and play for a championship. The
longer I've been here, I've been able to adjust even more to my
role and to what we're doing."
Rookie Devin Harris
scored 12 for Dallas, and Erick Dampier
his third double-double in four games with 11 points and 14
Dickau scored 18 points against the team that traded him
December 3. Dickau led the Hornets in scoring for the sixth
time in seven games and has averaged 20.3 points in the last
eight home contests.