The Dallas Mavericks’ season-high 13-game winning streak came to an end after their sloppiest performance of the year.
The Mavericks chances of losing two in a row may be remote when they host the struggling New York Knicks, losers of nine straight.
Dallas fell one win shy of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history after a 113-104 loss Friday to the Denver Nuggets. It was the Mavericks’ first loss since falling 117-115 in overtime Jan. 11 to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
“You think a streak is never going to come to an end,” Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. “When it does, it doesn’t feel good.”
Playing for the second straight night, Dallas committed a season-high 24 turnovers and allowed 31 fast-break points.
“We were lethargic physically and mentally,” Johnson said. “We didn’t show up. We didn’t have that juice that we normally have off the bench.”
Dallas still owns a nine-game home winning streak overall and is 9-0 at the American Airlines Center against Eastern Conference opponents.
The Mavs also have win five straight at home against the Knicks by an average of 14.6 points per game.
New York is trying to avoid its first 10-game losing streak since a franchise-record 12-game slide from March 23-April 15, 1985. The Knicks fell for the 15th time in 16 games, 90-83 Sunday to the Houston Rockets.
“It’s very frustrating because we get games close and then we lose it,” Knicks rookie Channing Frye said. “This is pretty close to rock bottom.”
The Knicks continue to play without point guard Stephon Marbury, who has missed six straight games with a bruised left shoulder. They are 0-9 without him this season and he is not expected back until after the All-Star break.
Center Eddy Curry, who fouled out with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting in 26 minutes, has gone through a difficult stretch recently, averaging 8.3 points on 32 percent shooting over his last three games.
“I stayed aggressive the whole game, but I got into foul trouble and it just happened,” said Curry about Sunday’s performance. “I have to learn to find a way to play through it.”
New York, which has used a league-high 29 starting lineups this season, has also dropped eight straight road games and has not won in Dallas since Dec. 16, 1999.