The Dallas Mavericks have enjoyed a number of long winning streaks this season, but now, they’re as hot as they’ve ever been.
The Mavericks try for a franchise-record 15th straight victory Saturday when they host the Orlando Magic.
Dallas has already posted winning streaks of 12 and 13 games this season, and its current run matches the franchise record set Oct. 30-Nov. 27, 2002. The Mavericks are the first team in NBA history with three 12-game winning streaks in a season and are just the fourth with three 10-game streaks.
Dallas has also won 21 straight at home, surpassing its previous franchise record of 16. The Mavericks have not dropped a game at the American Airlines Center since Dec. 7, and including losses in their first two home games this season, are 28-3 on their own court.
Orlando (28-32) knows just how tough the Mavericks can be at home—the Magic have dropped eight in a row in Dallas since a 100-90 victory on Dec. 11, 1997. Overall, the Mavericks have won six of eight against the Magic.
The Mavericks beat Cleveland 95-92 at home on Thursday despite allowing Cavaliers star LeBron James to score 39 points. James missed two free throws and a pair of 3-pointers in the final 13.7 seconds to help Dallas take the victory.
“We were fortunate enough to win it,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said.
Dallas has won 35 of its last 37 games and has not dropped consecutive contests since a franchise-worst 0-4 start.
“It wasn’t the prettiest win in that streak, but a win is a win,” forward Jerry Stackhouse said.
Dirk Nowitzki, who leads Dallas with 25.4 points per game, had team highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds. The MVP candidate came close to his first career triple-double, picking up seven assists.
The Mavericks had five players in double figures, and DeSagana Diop chipped in a season-high eight points.
“They have a lot of weapons. They’re definitely the favorite in the West,” James said.
“We played the Spurs very close for three quarters only down by eight. Eight turned into twenty really fast during the first three minutes of the fourth,” Magic coach Brian Hill said. “When you’re down by twenty you really can’t do much.”
Dwight Howard had nine points and nine rebounds, ending a stretch of 13 straight games scoring in double figures and another of eight straight double-doubles.
“I didn’t play well tonight, but my team did,” Howard said. “It’s embarrassing to lose by this many points but next time we play these guys, it’s going to be in the back of my mind. Every time we play these guys.”
Magic forward Grant Hill missed the game with a left foot injury.