Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Saturday, November 25th
Game 2: Saturday, December 16th
Game 3: Saturday, December 30th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 27th

Mavericks 90

(17-7, 7-4 away)

Hornets 79

(10-12, 5-5 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, December 16, 2006

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 26 14 30 2090
    NO 16 24 18 2179

    Top Performers

    Dallas: J. Howard 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    NO/Oklahoma City: C. Paul 30 Pts, 12 Reb, 8 Ast

    Mavericks look for continued success against Hornets

    Dallas (16-7) at New Orleans (10-11) 8:00 pm EST

    NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- The New Orleans Hornets played one of Texas' tough teams on Thursday. Two days later, they will face another of the Lone Star State's top squads.

    After a blowout loss to San Antonio, the undermanned Hornets will face off with the Dallas Mavericks Saturday in the third of six games played in New Orleans this season.

    On Thursday, Rasual Butler scored 17 points, Desmond Mason 16 and Chris Paul added 12 assists for the Hornets, who fell to 1-1 on the season at New Orleans Arena with a 103-77 loss to the Spurs. They have lost eight of 10 contests after nice start to the season.

    The Hornets were once again without Peja Stojakovic (back), David West (right forearm strain) and Bobby Jackson (ribs). It won't get any easier against the Mavericks, who have won 18 straight games against the Hornets franchise - the longest active streak in the NBA.

    On Friday, Jason Terry scored 18 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 15 as Dallas used a balanced attack to post a 93-79 victory over Philadelphia. Erick Dampier collected 12 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who shot 47 percent (34-of-73) from the field.