Dallas Once the first three-pointer went in for Jason Terry, he was ready to shoot again - and again.
With some impressive ball movement and an aggressive approach by Terry to start the second half, the Dallas Mavericks did more than extend their NBA-best winning streak to 13 games. They showed they could win decisively against another division leader, beating Miami, 112-76, Thursday night.
"We just focused on coming out in the second half and not letting up," Jerry Stackhouse said. "We wanted to try extend our lead as opposed to just exchanging baskets."
Dallas did just that when Terry scored 11 points in the first four minutes of the second half.
Terry made his first four shots after halftime - three three-pointers and another long-range shot with his foot on the line - to increase Dallas' 13-point halftime lead to 68-45. Dirk Nowitzki then had consecutive three-pointers, the second on an assist from Terry.
"Guys were making the extra pass. I was open and knocked them down," Terry said. "We wanted to stay aggressive."
The Mavericks' winning streak, one short of a team record, coincides with their franchise-record stretch of holding 13 straight opponents under 100 points. No team has beaten them or broken the century mark against the Mavericks since their 117-115 loss at the New York Knicks on Jan. 11.
"I've never really gotten excited about games too much in February," coach Avery Johnson said. "But at the same time, obviously the guys are doing a lot of positive things on the court. You'd be crazy not to think so."
Dallas goes for its 14th win in a row tonight at Denver.
Kings 98, Bulls 80
Sacramento, Calif. - Kevin Martin scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, leading Sacramento over Chicago. Mike Bibby scored 20 points, Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 15 and Brad Miller 11 for the Kings, who have won seven straight at home after some uncharacteristically poor play at home in the first half of the season.
Martin, a second-year guard, ignited the Kings in the first half. He made three three-pointers and helped limit the hot-shooting Ben Gordon to two points as Sacramento took a 51-32 lead into halftime.