(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks have won four in a row and look to
extend their winning streak Saturday in the opener of a home-and-home series
against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
The Mavericks made it four straight wins with Friday's 103-93 triumph over the
Utah Jazz in the finale of a three-game homestand. Monta Ellis pumped in 26
points and handed out six assists, Dirk Nowitzki and Samuel Dalembert scored
18 points apiece and DeJuan Blair netted 11 off the bench.
Dalembert added 12 rebounds to his totals and Shawn Marion finished with 10
points for Dallas, which shot 50.7 percent and posted a 41-31 rebounding
advantage. Blair and Nowitzki grabbed nine and seven boards, respectively, and
the Mavs opened the game on a 20-6 run.
Dallas had a 20-8 advantage in second-chance points and shot 50 percent or
better for the fourth time in the last five tries.
"The key for us was probably from the get-go getting a good start," Dalembert
said. "We know with the other teams we have we can't let them get their
confidence back up."
Dalembert is averaging 10.7 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his last
Dallas, which is 8-0 this season with a lead heading into the fourth quarter,
is 7-0 at home and will try to improve its 2-4 road mark. The Mavs will host
the Nuggets on Monday.
The Nuggets halted a two-game losing streak on Thursday with a gutsy, 97-87
victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.
It was former Bull, Nate Robinson, who burned his old team. He made a pair of
3-pointers to start the fourth quarter and that essentially put the game out
of reach for Denver.
"It takes one shot for me to see the ball go in and I can figure out what I
can do to stay aggressive, make plays for my teammates ... do everything, be a
total pest and cause chaos out there," said Robinson.
Jordan Hamilton led the way for the Nuggets with 17 points. J.J. Hickson was
next with 14, followed by 12 apiece for Kenneth Faried and Randy Foye. Faried
also pulled down 11 rebounds.
Robinson finished with 11 points and Ty Lawson, who is posting All-Star
caliber numbers, was limited to 10 points.
The Nuggets took two of three matchups with Dallas last season, but have lost
four of the last six overall in this series. Dallas has won two of the last
three in the Mile High City.
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