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Gameday Preview: Dallas Mavericks Try to Keep up Recent Winning Ways

January 14th, 2013 at 11:57 AM
By Kevin Rodriguez

The Dallas Mavericks try to extend their winning streak to three games when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the American Airlines Center.

Yeah, it's only a two-game winning streak, but this is the most confident the Mavs have been in over a month, the last time they won back-to-back games.

"For where we are right now, gutting out the game in Sacramento was really important for us. Being able to come home and start off this homestand the right way is really important for us," coach Rick Carlisle told the team's official website. "We take nothing for granted. This whole season has been work. It's been challenging and it's going to continue to be that, but we're showing some signs of coming together in some different ways and we've just got to continue."

'Rick Carlisle' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Dallas has gone 1-4 against the Timberwolves in the last five regular season matchups, after they had won 18 of the previous 19.

Having Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup has helped this Maverick team, as he and the team has picked up the pace to win two straight games, both good performances against the Sacramento Kings and the then 24-10 Memphis Grizzlies. Dallas improved its record to 15-23 after leading by as much as 34 against a Memphis team that is great defensively. Dallas became only the third team this season to score over 100 points against the Grizzlies.

"This was definitely a good one to get and build on the momentum we got in Sacramento with a win," said Nowitzki. "And hopefully we can build on that."

The former league MVP has averaged 18 points over the last six games, starting to show signs of rounding back into elite form.

Tonight's game can be seen on TV on Fox Sports Southwest, and it can also be heard on the radio, on 103.3 FM ESPNDallas. The game tips around 7:30 PM CT.

 

Tags: Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, Sacramento Kings

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