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Game 14: Mavs at Rockets

With his team flying high while riding a six-game winning streak, fourth-year pro Chandler Parsons found himself in a position he hadn’t experienced before in his young NBA career.

Spending his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets prior to signing with Dallas during free agency this summer, Parsons made his highly-anticipated return to the Toyota Center for the first time Saturday night to face his former team. Meanwhile, Parsons looked to lead his new squad to a seventh straight victory at his former teammates’ expense, hoping to take advantage of Rockets center Dwight Howard’s absence due to a knee injury.

But, despite a valiant comeback after falling down by as many as 18, the Mavericks (10-4) would run out of steam down the stretch while completing their back-to-back. And after falling to a 95-92 defeat, the Mavs would see their six-game win streak come to an abrupt end to ruin Parsons’ return to Houston.

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Game 13: Mavs vs. Lakers

With both teams surging in the right direction entering Friday night’s matchup, something was bound to give as the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers squared off for the first time this season.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks looked to continue their recent success while beginning a back-to-back that concludes Saturday night in Houston. Meanwhile, the Lakers came to town after consecutive wins of their own, looking to end the Mavericks’ streak in its tracks.

But it would be Dallas’ top-ranked scoring offense that would get the better of the Lakers’ league-worst scoring defensive as the two squared off on the American Airlines Center hardwood. And after speeding through the Lakers (3-10) to a 140-106 rout during a season-high scoring output, the Mavericks (10-3) left plenty in the tank for Saturday’s showdown in Houston.

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Monta Ellis shows he can put Mavs on his back

Leading the Dallas Mavericks in scoring each of the last three games, starting shooting guard Monta Ellis has hit the ground running to start the 2014-15 campaign while picking up where he left off at during the team’s first-round playoff series against the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs last season.

Joining the Mavericks (9-3) last summer as a free agent, Ellis would quickly make himself at home while averaging at least 19.0 points per game for the seventh straight year. But, after scoring 18 of his game-high 34 points in the first quarter of Wednesday’s 105-102 road victory against the Washington Wizards, Ellis may have announced to the rest of the NBA that he’s in for a career year.

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Game 11: Mavs at Hornets

Sprinting to three straight wins to end their four-game homestand, the Dallas Mavericks quickly faced yet another daunting matchup Monday night in Charlotte.

Beginning a tough two-game road trip that concludes Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, the Mavericks looked to continue streaking in the right direction. In their way, however, stood a Hornets team hungry to get back on track following a 112-87 defeat at Golden State on Saturday.

Still, the Mavs went in search of their fourth straight win, looking to hand the Hornets just their second loss at home of the young season. And after another career milestone by 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki highlighted a dominant performance, the Mavericks (8-3) stretched their winning streak out to four while sprinting to a runaway 107-80 victory.

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Game 10: Mavs vs. Timberwolves

After sprinting through the Philadelphia 76ers en route to the most lopsided win in franchise history, the Dallas Mavericks will attempt to close out their four-game homestand in equally impressive fashion Saturday night.

Setting a team record for margin of victory Thursday night while storming through the Sixers in a 123-70 win to improve to 2-1 on their current homestand, the Mavericks (6-3) will now welcome in a Minnesota Timberwolves squad that is on a second night of a back-to-back. And with the Timberwolves (2-6) themselves coming off a 48-point loss Friday night in New Orleans, the Mavs should have an opportunity to once again make quick work of their opponent in front of the American Airlines Center crowd.

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Mavs keep business-like approach after runaway win against Philly

Continuing the momentum of Tuesday’s come-from-behind victory over the Sacramento Kings, the Dallas Mavericks wouldn’t let up 48 hours later while welcoming in the winless Philadelphia 76ers.

Rallying from down 24 points to claim a 106-98 victory Tuesday night, the Mavericks (6-3) then proceeded to make quick work of a Sixers squad that had already lost seven straight games to begin this season and eight straight times at American Airlines Center. The end result was the largest margin of victory in franchise history, sprinting to a 123-70 win Thursday night while improving to 2-1 on the Mavs’ current four-game homestand.

Still, it was just business as usual for the Mavs after the dominating win, turning their attention immediately to Saturday night’s showdown against a Ricky Rubio-less Minnesota Timberwolves team.

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Game 9: Mavs vs. 76ers

After needing the third-largest comeback in team history to rally for a 106-98 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks will try to make quicker work of the winless Philadelphia 76ers as they play the third outing of a four-game homestand.

Finding themselves down by as many as 24 Tuesday night against the Kings, the Mavericks (5-3) would collectively pick up their pressure while staging a rally for the ages. Thursday night, however, the Mavs will try to sustain that level of play for a full 48 minutes, looking to jump out to an early advantage against the 0-7 Sixers.

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Mavs reflect over Dirk Nowitzki’s climb up NBA’s scoring ranks

Leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 21st straight home win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki also continued to build his Hall of Fame resume.

Entering the night needing just 17 points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) for ninth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Nowitzki finish with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting as the Mavericks rallied from 24 down to capture a 106-98 victory. In the process, Nowitzki became the league’s top all-time foreign-born scorer as the Mavs completed their third-largest comeback in franchise history.

Like Olajuwon, Nowitzki has moved up the scoring ranks with a signature move of his own, changing the way that 7-foot big men are perceived with his patented one-legged fadeaway. However, as Nowitzki and his teammates are quick to point out, he has also worked tirelessly to carve out his own niche since entering the league in 1998, capturing the 2007 MVP and 2011 Finals MVP to further solidify his credentials.

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