(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer The Dallas Mavericks are finally playing like the team they thought they built after Deron Williams spurned them in the offseason.
If they keep this up, it might not be too late to extend their playoff streak to 13 seasons.
The Mavericks have won a season-best four straight games since dropping 10 below .500 for the first time since their last non-playoff year in 2000. Dirk Nowitzki shows a new sign of his old self nearly every game as he recovers from knee surgery that sidelined him the first two months.
And owner Mark Cuban has declared the ''Bank of Cuban is open'' a year and a half after he chose financial flexibility over bringing back key pieces of the franchise's first championship team.
''We're making baby steps each day and having little setbacks along the way, too,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We want to be healthy and have all our guys and see ...