Cuban: Mavs relaxed after win streak

March, 22, 2010
3/22/10
6:15
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NEW ORLEANS -- The Mavs' recent rough stretch didn't really come as a surprise to owner Mark Cuban.

After winning 13 consecutive games, the Mavs have lost two of three. Cuban sees a team that needs a renewed sense of urgency.

"After that win streak, I think we relaxed some," said Cuban, who spent last week relaxing at his home in the Cayman Islands on a family vacation. "I just think it's natural."

Cuban cited the Cleveland Cavaliers as an example. The Cavs lost three consecutive games after their 13-game win streak, which the Mavs tied as the longest in the NBA this season. Cleveland has recovered to win 13 of their last 14 games.

The standings should provide a sense of urgency for the Mavs and the rest of the West playoff contenders below the Lakers at this point. Dallas is a half-game behind Denver for the No. 2 seed with 13 games to go.

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Dirk Nowitzki
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