Heat falls victim to Dallas streak

By wire services
Published February 10, 2006

DALLAS - Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki combined for five 3-pointers in a game-clinching third quarter and the Mavericks beat Miami 112-76 Thursday night for their 13th straight victory - the longest current streak in the NBA and one short of the team record.

Dallas' streak coincides with its franchise-record stretch of holding 13 straight opponents under 100 points.

It was the worst loss of the season for Miami, which who had won five of the previous six games. Miami is still 20-10 since Shaquille O'Neal returned from a sprained right ankle Dec. 11, one game before Pat Riley returned as coach.

Nowitzki led the Mavs with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Terry had 16 points, 11 coming in the first four minutes of the third quarter.

O'Neal led the Heat with 23 points and eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 16, falling short of his 12th straight 20-point game. His 11 in a row were a team and personal record.

ALL-STAR GAME: Detroit's Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace were picked as reserves for the Eastern Conference team, the first team with four players in an All-Star Game since 1998 when the Lakers sent Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.

JURISPRUDENCE: A business manager who embezzled $2.6-million from former NBA player Mark Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to two years in a halfway house. A federal judge in Los Angeles said she didn't send Bruce J. Breger to prison because he was making progress in a 12-step program for his gambling addiction and has started an Internet business to make enough money to repay Jackson and others.

CAVS: Guard Larry Hughes will be out longer than expected because his broken finger hasn't healed as quickly as the team had hoped.

JAZZ: Carlos Boozer, who missed the first 49 games with a strained hamstring, said he will play tonight at Minnesota.

WNBA: Charlotte guard Allison Feaster gave birth to a girl, Sarah Aleece Strong, on Feb. 3 in Spain.