DALLAS - 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.
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 to 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.
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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 Nets charged to a 17-3 lead, getting seven points from Harris and connecting on seven consecutive field goal attempts.
The Nets went on to a 41-23 second-quarter lead before the Mavs used a 16-6 run to pull within 47-39 at the break.
Dallas opened the third quarter with a 24-9 spurt.