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 last night in former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson's return to Dallas.
Johnson, fired by the Mavericks 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 Mavericks 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.
The Nets have lost six straight and 11 in a row on the road.
* Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. The California Highway Patrol said the 47-year-old Elie was taken into custody after an officer pulled him over in Sacramento for a broken taillight and that a breathalyzer test showed the first-year Kings coach had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08.
* According to a report, a source from the National Basketball Players Association said players want to end the age restriction policy that prevents players from entering the draft out of high school.
ESPN.com reported that Players Association executive director Billy Hunter informed the players, via audio podcast, of the union's position in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. The age restriction proposal was among the issues.