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.