NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Dallas
(Wednesday, March 12th)
Final Score: Dallas 118, Charlotte 93
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks never trailed en route to a 118-93 dismantling of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Josh Howard contributed 24 points, seven boards and six assists as the Mavericks won their third straight after a three-game losing streak. Brandon Bass finished with 16 points, while Erick Dampier added 11 and eight rebounds.
"My teammates have been finding me and I've been able to knock down my shots and stay confident and aggressive," Howard said.
Jerry Stackhouse and Jason Terry each notched 10 points, and Jason Kidd tallied six points, eight assists and six boards for the Mavs, who doled out 34 assists as a team. The Mavs pulled within 2 1/2 games of first place in the Southwest Division, but still remain in fourth place behind San Antonio, Houston and New Orleans.
"We're just out there having fun; it's amazing when we're out there having fun the things that we can do as a team," Dampier said. "We just have got to go out there each and every night with a consistent effort and do the things that we work on in practice. When we're moving the ball, running up and down the floor and having fun, we can play with anyone in this league."
Raymond Felton scored 21 points to pace the Bobcats, who had their franchise- record five-game win streak snapped. Gerald Wallace added 14 points in his return to the lineup after missing eight games due to a concussion, and Matt Carroll also poured in 14 -- including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
"I felt pretty good," Wallace said. "In the first half I was kind of tired and I felt like I was rushing my shots and everything. My legs weren't the way I wanted them when I drove to the basket, but I figured I at least needed to push myself to get past that."
The Mavs came out firing, making 13-of-23 shots in the first period and riding 13 points from Howard and 12 from Nowitzki to a 36-28 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
"They came out and they jumped us from the start and got the momentum going their way, and they kept the momentum," Wallace said. "They took us out of everything we wanted to do and I don't think we played as aggressive as we've been playing the past couple of games."
Dallas continued to control in the second quarter, and Bass finished the half with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting as the Mavericks outscored the Bobcats 31-17 in the second period and took a 67-45 lead at intermission after Howard's three just before the buzzer capped off a 20-point half.
Carroll hit a three to pull the Bobcats as close as 80-60 just past the midway point of the third quarter, but Stackhouse hit a jumper to set off a string of 10 straight points for Dallas, capped by Terry's three-point play with 3:12 left in the third.
In all, the Mavericks finished the quarter on a 17-6 run, as Dallas took a 31 point lead on Nowitzki's jumper with one minute remaining and hit the fourth quarter ahead 97-66.
Dallas was able to cruise to the win in the fourth quarter, as the Bobcats never got closer than 22 over the game's final 12 minutes.
The Mavericks shot 53.7 percent from the field and made 10-of-24 from beyond the arc...Emeka Okafor added eight points and 11 boards for the Bobcats...Howard and Stackhouse each dished out six assists for Dallas...Dallas is 3-1 on its current homestand, which concludes Friday against Indiana...The Bobcats play the third game of their six-game road swing Friday in Houston, where the Rockets will be searching for their 21st straight victory.
03/13 00:10:38 ET