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Mavs roll Lakers
The Dallas Mavericks win their 12th straight match at home.
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2007 14:31 GMT

Kobe v Dirk [GALLO/GETTY]

The Dallas Mavericks steamrolled the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 114-95 with Josh Howard scoring 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki 27 to seal their 12th straight win at home.

Their leading point scorers also helped out with plenty of rebounds as both Howard (11) and Nowitizki (10) hit double doubles.
The Mavericks sole defeat in 2007 came on January 7 as Kobe Bryant led his side with 26 points, the star guard scored the same amount this time but it wasn't able to halt the free scoring Mavericks.

Anthony Johnson scored six of Dallas' final 10 points in the second quarter, including a running jumper with four seconds left to carry a 60-48 into intermission.
  
The Mavericks powered ahead in the third period as Nowitzki netted nine points during an 11-3 surge to extend the lead to 79-57 with 5:43 remaining.

The defeat adds to the Lakers woes on the road as their record fell to 8-10.

Kidd ready for Coach K

Meanwhile, New Jersey Nets playmaker Jason Kidd has accepted an offer to play for the United States in August's Tournament of the Americas qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  
The veteran guard was looking forward to speaking with coach Mike Krzyzewski will guide into a 10-team regional tournament at Las Vegas.
  
"I've got to talk to Coach K. I haven't talked to him yet. But I will say yes," Kidd said.
  
"Your goals change as you get older. This could be my last go-around of ever making the All-Star team. If I would have that opportunity I would love that."
  
Kidd would bolster a US squad that is looking to avenge their third placing at the World Basketball Championships despite naming a bevy of NBA stars.
  
That squad was co-captained by NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.

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