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Mavericks try to extend string of streaks vs. Hornets

Nov 25, 2006 - 2:47 PM New Orleans (8-5) at Dallas (8-4) 8:30 pm EST

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Some time has passed since the Dallas Mavericks lost to the New Orleans Hornets.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Mavericks host the Hornets on Saturday in the first of a four-game homestand.

Dallas has not lost to the Hornets since November 17, 1999, a string of 17 wins in a row - nine at home.

The Mavericks appear to be poised to continue their dominance in this series after leaving San Antonio with a 95-92 victory on Friday. Dirk Nowitzki collected 31 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Terry added 14 and 10 assists for Dallas, which survived 19 turnovers.

Chris Paul had 18 points and seven assists but the Hornets fell, 86-79, to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Jannero Pargo and Bobby Jackson both contributed 13 points off the bench for the Hornets, who shot just 34 percent (27-of-80) from the field en route to their second straight setback.

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