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Saturday, January 19th (All times eastern)

Seattle SuperSonics (9-30) at Dallas Mavericks (26-12), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks attempt to get back on the winning track, as they welcome the Seattle SuperSonics tonight to American Airlines Center.

This is the second meeting of the campaign between the squads. On January 11th, reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds as the Mavericks continued their domination of the SuperSonics with a 90-70 win at KeyArena.

Dallas has won 11 in a row in the series. The last time Seattle defeated the Mavericks was on December 9, 2004 at Dallas.

The SuperSonics have dropped four straight and nine of their last 10 at Dallas.

The Mavericks are well rested entering tonight's contest. On Monday, Kevin Martin posted a game-high 39 points, but John Salmons dropped in a running layup with 2.6 seconds to play to give the Sacramento Kings a thrilling 122-120 win over Dallas at ARCO Arena.

Devin Harris and Jason Terry led the way with 25 points apiece for the Mavericks, whose seven-game winning streak was halted. Nowitzki poured in 21 points, while Josh Howard and Brandon Bass both netted 11 and Erick Dampier registered a game-high 10 rebounds in defeat.

Dallas is an impressive 17-3 at home this season. The Mavericks will visit the Washington Wizards on Monday at the Verizon Center and the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday down south.

Seattle plays the third of a four-game road trip. On Friday, Mike Miller scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Grizzlies defeated the SuperSonics, 124-100, handing the SuperSonics their worst losing streak in over 35 years.

Juan Carlos Navarro chipped in with 21 points off the bench for Memphis, which snapped a five-game skid. Bobby Jones had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Kevin Durant had a team-high 22 points for Seattle, which dropped its ninth game in a row. It's the Sonics' longest skid since dropping nine straight from October 29 - November 15, 1972. Wally Szczerbiak contributed 19 points, while Chris Wilcox had 13 points and Nick Collison scored 12.

The SuperSonics will visit Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets on Monday at the Toyota Center. They are 4-17 on the road this season.

01/19 10:36:41 ET


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