Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
Game 2: Friday, March 3rd

Bobcats 76

(16-44, 6-26 away)

Mavericks 90

(46-12, 27-4 home)

    Coverage: NE14

    7:30 PM ET, March 3, 2006

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 16 21 15 2476
    DAL 18 18 34 2090

    Top Performers

    Cha: G. Wallace 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Blk

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mavs beat Bobcats for 16th straight home win

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks recovered from a listless first half just in time to beat the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and the Mavericks rallied from a halftime deficit to extend their club-record home winning streak to 16 games with a 90-76 victory over the Bobcats on Friday night.

    Mavericks coach Avery Johnson worried before the game that his team would overlook the Bobcats, the middle opponent in an important three-game stretch.

    Dallas was beaten by San Antonio on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference, and the Mavericks face the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

    "I wouldn't say it was expected but it's not acceptable," Johnson said of his team's sleepy start. "At the same time, these guys wanted to get it right. It was something we were able to fight through."

    Jason Terry scored 10 of his 17 points in a 29-8 third-quarter run that gave Dallas a 65-45 lead. The Mavericks trailed by a point at halftime.

    "Winning this game was important," said Terry, who hit a pair of 3-pointers and two mid-range jumpers during the decisive stretch. "We turned a bad night into a good night."

    Dallas scored on 17 of its 21 third-quarter possessions and had an 18-point lead heading into the final period.

    "We got the win, it didn't matter how ugly it was," Dallas' Adrian Griffin said. "We needed to get back on track."

    Charlotte, completing a 2-4 road trip, never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

    "The beginning of the third, we didn't get anything done," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "After six games and two weeks, we didn't have the energy to get the job done."

    Erick Dampier had nine points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Mavericks, who have won 20 of their last 22.

    Gerald Wallace scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who have lost eight of their last 10.

    The Mavericks played the second half without forwards Keith Van Horn and Josh Howard, who left with first-half injuries. Both are listed as day-to-day.

    The Bobcats connected on five of their first eight 3-pointers, but only two of their first 21 from inside the 3-point arc. They shot 31.5 percent in the first half.

    The Mavericks weren't much better, going 16-for-40 from the field with 10 turnovers in the first half to trail 37-36 at the break.

    "We had a little talk with the team at halftime and they seemed to respond," Johnson said.

    Dallas bounced back from its lowest-scoring first half of the season with a 34-point third quarter, going 13-for-18 from the field.

    Game notes

    Mavericks G Devin Harris missed his third straight game due to a thigh injury. Johnson expects Harris back on Sunday against Phoenix. ... Dampier tied his season-high for rebounds. ... Howard exited in the second quarter with a sore left hamstring. ... Van Horn left in the first quarter due to a sprained left knee. ... The Bobcats and Mavericks have played four times, all Dallas victories. ... Charlotte is without C Emeka Okafor (right ankle sprain) and F Sean May (right knee surgery).

    Jason Terry had 17, 10 during a key third-quarter run,

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 90
    FGM-FGA 26-74 (.351) 36-78 (.462)
    3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 18-27 (.667) 14-21 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 16-57
    Assists 16 16
    Turnovers 13 20
    Steals 11 4
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 20 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 3 21

    Top Performers

    Gerald Wallace Wallace
    Points: 14
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0