NBA: Mavs win 8th straight, down Jordan’s Bobcats 89-84
By MIKE CRANSTON
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, Jason Terry had several key buckets down the stretch, and the surging Dallas Mavericks beat Charlotte 89-84 on Monday night to spoil the Bobcats’ first game since Michael Jordan agreed to buy the team.
Jordan’s presence courtside and a difficult travel schedule couldn’t stop the NBA’s hottest team from their eighth straight win. Caron Butler added 22 points and Terry scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas, which rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit.
Stephen Jackson scored 20 points, but also had six of Charlotte’s 20 turnovers. Tyrus Thomas added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who dropped to 0-12 all-time against the Mavericks, the only team they’ve never beaten.