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Streaky Jason Terry hits ice cold stretch

Always a player who can run hot and cold, Jason Terry this season is redefining the term streak shooter.

Whether it's during the course of a game, such as scoring all 19 of his points at Miami in the fourth quarter -- and Terry has been clutch in crunch time -- or during stretches of the season, perhaps no player in the league has zoomed from one extreme to the other like the Jet.

Take the stretch of games from Dec. 30 through Saturday. Against the San Antonio Spurs to close out 2010, Terry was 3-of-16 from the floor for eight points. He scored seven points on 3-of-15 shooting two days later at Milwaukee.

Then he went on a five-game tear, scoring between 16 and 19 points in each game while hitting shots at a 48.8-percent clip, despite mostly misfiring from beyond the arc.

And now he's gone the other way. In the past two games, blowouts at San Antonio and Memphis , Terry is 7-of-28 from the floor for 17 points. The slump has dropped his overall shooting percentage to 43.2, nearing career-low territory.

Worse, Terry's 3-point shot has virtually dried up. On the season, he's shooting it at a career-low (outside of his rookie season) 32.5 percent. Over the past five games, he is 1-of-15 from beyond the arc and within this stretch he went three consecutive games without making one, something he had not done all season.

On Saturday, he missed all five 3-point attempts.

Terry is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 points, and that number has been rather steady since his hot start to the season when he put up 20 or more points in five of the first nine games. He's scored 20 or more just twice in the past 30 games and he's now gone 18 games in a row without hitting for 20, which remarkably is his longest stretch under 20 since his first 25 games with the Mavericks in 2004.

That was fine when Caron Butler was in the lineup and adding scoring pop. But, since suffering a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 1, Terry has to be relied upon as a consistent go-to scorer.

After shooting 43.8 percent from the floor last season -- by far his lowest percentage since his final season with the Atlanta Hawks in 2003-04 -- and enduring a second humbling postseason, Terry rededicated himself to picking up the pace this season.

The Mavs just need him to get his current streakiness headed in the other direction.