Basketball: Dallas 'pull teeth' to keep streak

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The Independent Online

The Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Steve Nash had 24 points and 11 assists, while Dirk Nowitzki scored all 18 of his points in the second half on Wednesday night, leading the Mavericks to their 10th straight win, 107-97 over Chicago Bulls. Last night they attempted their 11th consecutive win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden – one more than the San Antonio Spurs achieved last month.

"It was like pulling teeth in the first half. I thought we were never going to score," Don Nelson, the Mavericks coach, said. "It was a game that didn't rank with our better performances." Dallas last won 11 straight games during the 1987-88 season.

Chris Webber had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Sacramento won their fifth straight game, beating the LA Clippers 105-91.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, including a 20-footer that barely beat the shot clock with 55 seconds left, as Los Angeles won 87-86 at Denver.

Allen Iverson scored 29 points, as Philadelphia 76ers used a 36-point third quarter to win 102-81 at Phoenix. Before the game, the 76ers coach Larry Brown denied reports that he was considering resigning by the time the team's road trip ends in Portland tomorrow.

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