Portland (26-15) at Dallas (34-8)

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  • Game info: 2:00 pm EST Sun Jan 26, 2003
  • TV: ESPN, FSSW
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DALLAS (TICKER) —The Dallas Mavericks try to match a franchise record with their fourth straight victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday when the teams meet at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks have won the last three meetings with the Trail Blazers, including the first two this season. The team’s longest winning streak against Portland since entering the league in 1980 is a four-game run from November 13-February 20, 1985.

Dallas has won its last three home games against Portland and five of the last six, including an 82-73 victory on November 11.

The Mavericks have bounced back from a three-game losing streak with three straight wins and posted a 101-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points for the second straight game and Nick Van Exel made five 3-pointers en route to 17 points for Dallas, which improved the NBA’s best record to 34-8.

Michael Finley added 20 points and nine assists as the Mavs overcame a shaky performance from point guard Steve Nash, who was 0-of-9 from the floor and had his streak of 47 consecutive free throws snapped.

Dallas has won its last five home games and is 19-2 at American Airlines Center this season.

Portland has won the first three games of a four-game road trip and recorded a 97-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.

Derek Anderson scored 27 points, Bonzi Wells added 16 and Arvydas Sabonis had five of his nine in overtime as the Blazers won their second straight overtime contest.

Portland improved to 3-1 since star forward Rasheed Wallace was suspended for confronting official outside the Rose Garden on January 15. Wallace will serve the fifth game of the seven-game ban on Sunday.

The Blazers have won five of their last six road games and are 14-9 away from the Rose Garden this season.

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