Posted January 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash are still adjusting to the compressed NBA season. Recent victories should have the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns feeling good about their stars' improvements. Nowitzki and the Mavericks look to build on their most impressive effort yet by extending their home winning streak over Nash and the Suns to eight Wednesday night. The shortened preseason and congested 66-game regular season caused by the lockout are contributing to slow starts for Dallas (2-4) and Phoenix (2-3). Nowitzki and the reigning NBA champion Mavericks, however, may have shaken their funk with an impressive 100-87 win over previously unbeaten Oklahoma City on Monday, concluding a 2-2 stretch in five days. The power forward enjoyed his best shooting performance of the young season, going 10 for 16 from the floor for 26 points while adding six rebounds. Averaging 22.5 points, Nowitzki feels improvement will come as the season wears on. "I've still got work to do, like...
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