The Mavericks try for their 11th straight win over the league-worst Hornets as they travel to New Orleans Arena.
The Mavericks have not lost to the Hornets since Nov. 17, 1999 in Charlotte. The Hornets, who moved to New Orleans in 2002, have not won in Dallas since Jan. 24, 1998.
Dallas beat New Orleans 106-91 on Nov. 3 in the Hornets’ season opener.
Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Jerry Stackhouse each had 19 points, leading six Mavericks in double figures. Baron Davis scored a game-high 25 points for the Hornets, who have won only six games at home this season.
The Mavericks are coming off Tuesday’s 109-104 win over the Miami Heat, beginning a stretch of five games in eight days. Dallas, which plays eight of its next nine on the road, was coming off a tough 93-89 home loss to an Allen Iverson-less Philadelphia team.
“This is a huge week for us,” Nowitzki said.
Stackhouse scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, and Nowitzki added 19 despite battling cold symptoms.
Josh Howard returned after missing three games with back spasms and scored 11 points. Erick Dampier had 15 points and 14 rebounds and guarded Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal, who missed two shots at the end of the game.
However, Shaq blasted Dampier after the game.
“Damp is soft. Quote it, write it, tape it and send it to him,” said O’Neal, who until this season played Dampier four times a year without bad-mouthing him. “I tell you, there’s nothing there.”
Dampier refused to be drawn into a verbal battle and insisted that the final score was all that mattered.
The Mavericks improved to 5-2 under Avery Johnson, who is filling in for coach Don Nelson. Nelson, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery, is expected back by the second week in February.
Johnson earned his first technical in the game’s opening minutes for arguing a call against Howard.
The Mavericks activated guard Marquis Daniels from the injured list Tuesday. He had four points, three assists and five rebounds.
The Hornets lost 98-91 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday for their fourth defeat in five games.
“We continue to just hang in there with teams. … It’s just the one thing that is separating us from those teams right now is that killer instinct,” coach Byron Scott said. “A lot of teams have it and a lot of teams have to learn how to get it. Right now we’re learning.”
Dan Dickau had 19 points, 12 assists and a career-best four steals for New Orleans, which had six players in double figures. Dickau has recorded a double-double in three of his last four games after going 119 games without one.