Originally written January 04, 2013 on Fox Sports:
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Dirk Nowitzki is getting his game back into form following an extended offseason, but the wins just aren't coming for the Dallas Mavericks. Perhaps a visit by the lowly New Orleans Hornets will change that. Nowitzki and the Mavericks will try to avoid their first four-game home losing streak in four seasons on Saturday night when they face a Hornets team that's won just once in its last 20 visits to Dallas. Out the first 27 games of 2012-13 following offseason right knee surgery, Nowitzki is averaging 10.0 points off the bench in six games back. The former MVP set season highs for points (19) and minutes (29) on Wednesday in Miami, but the Mavericks lost for the 10th time in 12 games, 119-109 in overtime. Dallas (13-20) was outscored 9-3 in the final 3:37 after Nowitzki's 3-pointer. "Execution down the stretch has been one of our problems all year,'' he said. "We're 0-6 in overtime (this season) and lost a lot of close ones during the season in...
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