NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Dallas
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: Dallas 111, Seattle 96
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists and the Dallas Mavericks handed the Seattle SuperSonics their 10th straight loss, 111-96, at American Airlines Center.
Josh Howard and Devin Harris each scored 17 points and Jason Terry added 15 off the bench for the Mavs, winners of eight of their last nine and 12 straight against the Sonics.
Jerry Stackhouse contributed 10 points and DeSagana Diop produced an eight- point, eight-rebound night. Dallas shot 51.7 percent from the floor and had the game in hand by the latter stages of the third quarter.
Wally Szczerbiak had 26 points to lead the Sonics, who last lost 10 in a row from December 12-29 of 1968. With its next two games against the Rockets - first in Houston on Monday and then at home on Wednesday - Seattle is perilously close to equaling the franchise-worst losing streak of 12 games, set over two seasons from March 15, 1969 to October 28, 1970.
Nick Collison had 16 points and 12 rebounds in a losing cause, while Jeff Green and Earl Watson went for 10 apiece. Kevin Durant was held to six points on 3-of-12 shooting from the floor in his 24-plus minutes.
Dallas got out to an early 15-5 lead, and held a 33-24 advantage after one quarter. The Mavs closed out the half on a 29-12 spurt, opening up a 66-44 cushion at the break.
The margin hovered around 20 points for most of the second half, as Seattle only pulled within 12 inside the final two minutes. Trenton Hassell buried a jump shot and Jose Juan Barea drained a three, quickly squashing any chance of a miraculous comeback by the Sonics.
Dallas hit 46-of-89 (51.7 percent) field-goal attempts, including 8-of-19 three-point tries; Seattle, conversely, made just one three in six attempts, and shot 44 percent from the floor overall...The Sonics did have a decided advantage at the foul line, making 25-of-29 attempts compared with Dallas, which was just 11-for-18 from the stripe...Seattle last defeated Dallas on December 9, 2004, at American Airlines Center.
01/19 23:51:16 ET