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Mavericks seek 13th straight victory

Jan 5, 2007 - 2:59 PM Dallas (26-7) at San Antonio (23-10) 8:00 pm EST

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks have made it a dozen. Getting to 13 will require a victory on the road against their biggest rivals.

The Mavericks put a 12-game winning streak on the line when they meet the San Antonio Spurs for the third time this season.

Undefeated since December 11, Dallas has limited its last 11 opponents to less than 100 points to open a three-game lead over San Antonio in the Southwest Division.

Josh Howard scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Devin Harris added 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki 20 for the Mavericks in Thursday's 100-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

San Antonio began December by winning nine of 10 games, but has dropped four of seven since then and is 12-5 at home.

Manu Ginobili scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 24 with 13 rebounds and Tony Parker 19 for the Spurs, who lost their second game in as many nights in Wednesday's 103-101 overtime defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After Dallas got by San Antonio in overtime of Game Seven of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series last spring, the teams have split the first two encounters this season.