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Gameday Preview: Dallas Mavericks Try to Extend Winning Streak to Four Games

January 16th, 2013 at 11:49 AM
By Kevin Rodriguez

The Dallas Mavericks have been playing great basketball of late, and even though some efforts have still resulted in losses, the Mavs are now currently on a three-game winning streak.

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They will try to extend that streak to four when they take on the Houston Rockets Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.

Dallas faces perhaps its stiffest test during this winning streak as far as individual talent goes. James Harden, in his first year with the Rockets, has always given Dallas fits in the past. He was key in dispatching the Mavs in Game 4 of last year's first-round playoff series, a series that ended up as a sweep for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the expense of the Mavs.

Harden is averaging 26.4 points for the Rockets, including a current 21-game streak of at least 20 points scored. He scored 29 in that Game 4, and also had 39 in a loss to the Mavs this past December, a game that O.J. Mayo outdid Harden in by netting 40 points for the Mavs.

The Mavs will try to contain Harden and extend their current winning streak, while also trying to defeat the Rockets for a ninth straight time. The 21-18 Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night 117-109.

Tonight's game can be seen on national TV on ESPN, and it can also be heard locally on 103.3 FM ESPNDallas. The game will tip off around 7:00 PM CT.



Tags: Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, James Harden, NBA, O.J. Mayo

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