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Focus shifts to building home edge

11/19/2010

The Dallas Mavericks are 4-2 at home and have won three in a row at American Airlines Center. But, they don't believe they've shown nearly the dominance on their home floor as they must.

After losing to the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 6, the Mavs rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics by two, didn't play great in dumping the woeful Philadelphia 76ers by nine, and came back from 10 down in the fourth to beat the New Orleans Hornets by three.

"It’s not there yet," guard Jason Terry said of the team's home performances. "Tonight will be another opportunity to gain more confidence, but it’s not going to be easy and we’ll have to work for it."

The Mavs face Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, who, at 1-3 on the road are surprisingly the lone Eastern Conference team among the top seven in the standings not to have at least a .500 record on the road. The Bulls are coming off a 103-94 loss at San Antonio, a game in which Chicago led by 10 at halftime.

Dallas was 28-13 at home last season, one of highest home loss totals among the Western Conference playoff teams.