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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Quick hits: Mavericks-Thunder

By Marc Stein

Five quick-hitting tidbits to set up Wednesday night’s ESPN showdown with visiting Oklahoma City:

*The Mavs are 14-5 since an 0-3 start and have allowed just 87.9 points per game in that span. They’ve also topped 100 points in each of their past three games after doing so just four times in the season’s first 19 games.

*Dirk Nowitzki's scoring average (16.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.448) and 3-point percentage (.200) are all at their lowest since his rookie season in the last lockout-shortened season in 1999. He’s also missed his last 10 attempts from 3-point range, which is Nowitzki’s longest such drought since missing 12 in a row in December 2005.

*The Mavs are the oldest team in the NBA with an average age of 30.0 … but Dallas’ bench averages a league-leading 45.4 points per game.

*After failing to score 20 points in his first 15 games as a Mav, Vince Carter has scored 21 points in each of the past two games.

*The Mavs currently rank in the top 10 in converting opponents’ turnovers into points, sitting No. 8 by scoring on 19.0 percent of those opportunities. Dallas ranked just 23rd in the NBA last season by scoring on 15.2 percent of their opponent’s turnovers.