Mavericks Notch 11th Straight Victory
Dallas 110, Seattle 91
DALLAS, Feb. 4 (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks continue to encounter little resistance from their Western Conference opponents.
Josh Howard scored 23 points and Jason Terry added 22 as the Mavericks coasted to their 11th consecutive victory, a 110-91 triumph over the Seattle SuperSonics.
"We've got a lot of depth, a lot of guys that can put the ball in the hole," said Terry, who made 4-of-9 3-pointers. "If (Nowitzki's) not particularly scoring all the buckets, we've got guys who can score on this team. It's definitely an asset to have."
"We've had guys who've been sacrificing minutes and whenever they get in they do whatever they can do for that time," said Howard, who grabbed eight rebounds. "Everybody else has just been playing great ball."
Dallas held an 82-74 lead before breaking open the game with a 10-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter. Devin Harris scored four of his 11 points during the spurt.
"In the second half I thought we played more Maverick-like defense," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "We were fortunate to hold them to 40 points in the second half."
Stackhouse's fast-break dunk with 5:49 left gave the Mavs a commanding 100-84 edge and the Sonics never threatened thereafter.
"We did a good job of moving the ball and we came out and got off to a good start (in the fourth quarter)," said Stackhouse, who added a season-best seven assists. "We had a little bit of a letdown at the end of the half but I thought we responded and in the second half we kept it steady."
After averaging 26 points over his previous two contests, Seattle forward Rashard Lewis managed just nine on just 1-of-11 shooting.
"Avery has done a good job of coaching those guys and making them play defense," Lewis said.
"Rashard had a bad night," Sonics coach Bob Hill said. "We might have gotten tired, but that's the NBA. You have to play. We hung in there for a long time but just couldn't get it done in the fourth quarter."
Erick Dampier collected 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Mavs, who held a 54-42 edge in points in the paint.
"I just come in and do whatever it takes for us to win," said Dampier, who made 4-of-8 shots. "Come in and play defense, get rebounds and whenever I get the opportunity, I try to make the most of it."
"They're (Dallas) well coached, they're deep, they're big and can shoot," Hill said. "Those are all positive ingredients to having a good basketball team."
Sharpshooter Ray Allen scored 17 points and Damien Wilkins contributed 14 off the bench for Seattle, which has lost three of their last four contests.