Mavericks move up to No. 2 in West

March, 1, 2010
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The Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit Monday to hand the Charlotte Bobcats just their eighth home loss of the season, 89-84. It was the Mavs' eighth consecutive win.

Combined with the Denver Nuggets' second straight loss, at the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, the Mavs moved up a spot in the Western Conference standings for the second night in a row. As one of four teams in the league with at least 40 wins, the Mavs reclaimed the No. 2 spot, sitting a half-game ahead of the Nuggets. Dallas is 5 1/2 games behind the West-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

Some interesting notes about the standings:

*The Mavs' 20 road wins lead the West.

*Among the West teams currently in the eight playoff spots, only the San Antonio Spurs (20-17 in the West) and Oklahoma City Thunder (17-17) have fewer conference wins and more conference losses than the Mavs (21-16).

*The Mavs' point differential of +2.2 is the lowest among West playoff teams.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9