The Mavericks are the new No. 1 in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings.
Nine straight wins, entering a six-game homestand, have pitched Dallas from the No. 2. slot past longtime rival San Antonio to the summit for the first time this season. Friday’s win at Utah, furthermore, marked the third time in 2010-11 that the Mavs have halted an opponent’s winning streak of seven games or more, which is a first in team history.
The Jazz had won seven straight games before Dallas showed up. The Mavs had previously halted New Orleans’ 8-0 start with a home win over the Hornets on Nov. 15 and won in San Antonio on Nov. 26 with the Spurs riding a 12-game win streak.
This week’s Mavs comment:
“It'll be fascinating to see what The Streakbusters can do with their six straight home games. I'd buy into Hollinger's idea that they can really stretch this thing to 15 ... except that the Mavs lose focus at home so often.”