Mavericks 96, Nets 87
Jason Kidd had 20 points and nine assists, Caron Butler added 16 points, and the Dallas Mavericks recovered from a lethargic start to match the NBA's longest winning streak this season with their 13th straight victory, 96-87 over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.
Rookie Roddy Beaubois' 16 points and Shawn Marion's 14 points and 13 rebounds helped the Mavericks equal Cleveland's winning streak from Jan. 10-Feb. 11.
New Jersey led by as many as 18 in the first half before the Mavericks got untracked to match the third-best winning streak in franchise history.
Dallas kept the streak alive despite an off night from top scorer Dirk Nowitzki, who went 3 for 16 from the field and finished with 12 points, 13.3 points under his average.
Former Mavericks guard Devin Harris scored 21 points and Terrence Williams had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who've lost nine of their last 11 and fell to 7-57.
The Mavericks carried a 70-62 advantage in the fourth quarter, but the Nets pushed back with 11 unanswered points, including six from ex-Maverick Kris Humphries, to pull within 81-80 with 7:40 remaining.
Butler scored eight of Dallas' next 11 points, including a 20-footer with 1:45 left to extend Dallas' lead to 92-87.
The Nets charged to a 17-3 start, getting seven points from Harris and connecting on seven consecutive field goal attempts.
New Jersey shot 67 percent, converting 14 of 21 from the floor in the first quarter, to build a 33-19 advantage.
The Nets went on to a 41-23 second-quarter lead before the Mavericks finished with a 16-6 run over the final 7:36 of the quarter to cut New Jersey's edge to 47-39 at the break.
Dallas opened the third quarter with a 24-9 spurt that included a pair of 3-pointers from Kidd to grab a 63-56 lead.
The Mavericks welcomed back centers Brendan Haywood and Erick Dampier from injury absences. Haywood started after sitting out the two previous games with lower back tightness and had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Dampier, who missed the previous 12 games with a dislocated right middle finger, had one point in five minutes.
NOTES: Mavericks G Jose Juan Barea was out due to an injured left ankle sustained in Monday night's 113-93 victory at Minnesota. Dallas is also without No. 2 scorer Jason Terry, who missed his fourth consecutive game (surgery to repair facial injuries). F Tim Thomas (personal reasons) is also out for the Mavericks. ... Beaubois fouled out with 5:36 remaining. ... New Jersey lost its 10th in a row in Dallas. ...With a second-quarter free throw, Nowitzki passed George Gervin's 20,708 points and took over 30th place on the career scoring list. ...Dallas' best winning streak was 17 games during the 2006-07 season. ... Dallas' 39-point first half matched its worst-scoring output for any half during the winning streak.