Golden State (14-19) at Dallas (19-14)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Wed Jan 7, 2004
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Few teams can beat the Dallas Mavericks on their home court. The Golden State Warriors can’t seem to beat them anywhere.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center seeking their 19th straight victory over the Warriors in the opener of a two-game homestand.

Dallas, 15-2 at home this season, posted a rare road win with a 95-87 victory at Golden State on Oct. 29. The Mavs, only 4-12 on the road, have not lost to the Warriors since April 10, 1999.

The Mavs will be happy to return to Dallas after losing for the fifth time in their last six away from home, 108-94 to the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points on 8-for-15 shooting, but the rest of the team shot just 37.3 percent from the field (25-for-67) in losing for only the second time in six games overall.

Dallas led 61-60 in the third quarter before missing eight straight shots. The Jazz scored 12 consecutive points to take control and hold the Mavs below 100 points for the first time in six games.

“We were terrible and they were terrific. We didn’t have a player that I thought played worth a darn,” Mavs coach Don Nelson said.

Point guard Steve Nash struggled with just eight points and three assists after averaging 16.2 points and 11.2 assists over the last five games.

Rookie guard Josh Howard, whose minutes have increased as the season has gone on, missed the game with a strained left hamstring. The 6-foot-7 swingman, averaging 12.1 points in his last 11 games, is listed as day-to-day.

The Mavs, who close their homestand against Indiana on Friday, have won three straight at home. They are tied with Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers for the fewest home losses in the league this season.

The Warriors will try to snap their longest losing streak in over a year after scoring a season low to drop their sixth straight, 83-65 at Houston on Monday.

Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points to lead Golden State, which lost despite holding Rockets leading scorer Steve Francis without a point until 1:35 left in the game.

The Warriors were outrebounded 50-30 and outscored in the frontcourt 65-34 for their first six-game losing streak since Nov. 1-9, 2002. Golden State has not lost seven in a row since a 10-game slide from March 9-24, 2002.

“We missed a lot of open shots and just didn’t get the job done,” Dunleavy said. “A lot of balls seemed to bound to Houston and we couldn’t get the rebounds.”

Golden State closes out a five-game road trip against the Mavs.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 5): Warriors - 6th place, 10 GB, Pacific Division. Mavericks - 3rd place (tied), 3 1/2 GB, Midwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Warriors - F Dunleavy, F Clifford Robinson, C Erick Dampier, G Nick Van Exel, G Jason Richardson. Mavericks - F Michael Finley, F Antoine Walker, C Nowitzki, G Nash, G Tony Delk.

TEAM LEADERS: Warriors - Richardson, 18.0 ppg; Dampier, 11.0 rpg; Van Exel, 5.9 apg. Mavericks - Nowitzki, 20.0 ppg; Walker, 9.4 rpg; Nash, 8.0 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Mavericks, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 29; Mavericks, 95-87. At Oakland, Calif., Nowitzki had 29 points and 15 rebounds, while Walker added 20 points and 14 rebounds.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Warriors - 4-13 on the road; Mavericks - 15-2 at home.

INJURIES: Warriors - F Adonal Foyle (knee); G Pepe Sanchez (ankle); C Evan Eschmeyer (knee). Mavericks - G Howard (hamstring); F Tariq Abdul-Wahad (knee); G Jon Stefansson (ankle); F Eduardo Najera (knee).

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