Even with Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, the Dallas Mavericks' losing streak continues.
The Mavericks didn't need the NBA finals MVP earlier this season to continue their winning streak against the Utah Jazz.
Nowitzki and the Mavericks will try to end their season-high four-game skid Saturday night in Dallas, where the Jazz look to end a six-game skid in this series.
After leaving in the second quarter of Wednesday's 96-85 loss at Memphis with lower back tightness, Nowitzki returned Friday at New Orleans. It didn't matter, as Nowitzki scored 19 points - nearly 10 below his average - and did not shoot a free throw for just the second time this season in a 97-92 defeat to the worst club in the Western Conference.
Dallas (21-16) had won seven of nine heading into the All-Star break, but is suddenly now trying to avoid its first five-game skid since it dropped six in a row Jan. 6-17, 2011. The Mavericks are averaging 90.0 points on 41.1 percent shooting during their current slide...