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Mavs beat Bobcats for 16th straight home win

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks recovered from a listless
first half just in time to beat the Charlotte Bobcats.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and the Mavericks rallied from a
halftime deficit to extend their club-record home winning streak to
16 games with a 90-76 victory over the Bobcats on Friday night.

Mavericks coach Avery Johnson worried before the game that his
team would overlook the Bobcats, the middle opponent in an
important three-game stretch.

Dallas was beaten by San Antonio on Thursday night in a matchup
of the top two teams in the Western Conference, and the Mavericks
face the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

"I wouldn't say it was expected but it's not acceptable,"
Johnson said of his team's sleepy start. "At the same time, these
guys wanted to get it right. It was something we were able to fight
through."

Jason Terry scored 10 of his 17 points in a 29-8 third-quarter
run that gave Dallas a 65-45 lead. The Mavericks trailed by a point
at halftime.

"Winning this game was important," said Terry, who hit a pair
of 3-pointers and two mid-range jumpers during the decisive
stretch. "We turned a bad night into a good night."

Dallas scored on 17 of its 21 third-quarter possessions and had
an 18-point lead heading into the final period.

"We got the win, it didn't matter how ugly it was," Dallas'
Adrian Griffin said. "We needed to get back on track."

Charlotte, completing a 2-4 road trip, never got closer than 10
points the rest of the way.

"The beginning of the third, we didn't get anything done,"
Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "After six games and two
weeks, we didn't have the energy to get the job done."

Erick Dampier had nine points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots
for the Mavericks, who have won 20 of their last 22.

Gerald Wallace scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who have lost
eight of their last 10.

The Mavericks played the second half without forwards Keith Van
Horn and Josh Howard, who left with first-half injuries. Both are
listed as day-to-day.

The Bobcats connected on five of their first eight 3-pointers,
but only two of their first 21 from inside the 3-point arc. They
shot 31.5 percent in the first half.

The Mavericks weren't much better, going 16-for-40 from the
field with 10 turnovers in the first half to trail 37-36 at the
break.

"We had a little talk with the team at halftime and they seemed
to respond," Johnson said.

Dallas bounced back from its lowest-scoring first half of the
season with a 34-point third quarter, going 13-for-18 from the
field.

Game notes
Mavericks G Devin Harris missed his third straight game due
to a thigh injury. Johnson expects Harris back on Sunday against
Phoenix. ... Dampier tied his season-high for rebounds. ... Howard
exited in the second quarter with a sore left hamstring. ... Van
Horn left in the first quarter due to a sprained left knee. ... The
Bobcats and Mavericks have played four times, all Dallas victories.
... Charlotte is without C Emeka Okafor (right ankle sprain) and F
Sean May (right knee surgery).

Jason Terry had 17, 10 during a key third-quarter run,