Nowitzki, Marion lead Mavericks over Nets
Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Shawn Marion added 18 points, and Dallas stretched its winning streak to 11 games with a 102-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night, in former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson's return to Dallas.
Johnson, fired by the Mavs after the 2007-08 season, is in his first season with the Nets.
Jason Terry and Caron Butler added 15 points each, and J.J. Barea had a career-high 13 assists to help the Mavs extend the NBA's longest current winning streak.
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 24 points, Anthony Morrow had 21, and former Maverick Kris Humphries finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Obama meeting with Lakers next week
A White House official said President Obama would meet with the NBA champion L.A. Lakers next week. It's not clear, though, whether the basketball-loving president will shoot hoops with Kobe Bryant and his teammates.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement later Thursday.
The official said that although presidents typically host champion sports teams at the White House, Obama and the Lakers will participate in a community service event in the District of Columbia area instead.
Bryant was present in August when Obama gathered some current and former NBA superstars for a private game. Obama plays basketball often but had to get his lip stitched up a couple of weeks ago after another player elbowed him.