01/30/2007 Mavericks vs. Seattle
Dallas 122, Seattle 102 DALLAS, Jan. 30 (AP) -- Austin Croshere, representing Providence College, had a career-high 34 points and seven rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Seattle SuperSonics 122-102 on Tuesday night, stretching their home winning streak to 14 games.
Dallas is two wins shy of the franchise record for consecutive home wins, set last season.
Ray Allen had 35 points, 19 in the first half, for Seattle, which tied a single-season club record with its 13th consecutive road defeat. Nick Collison and Earl Watson both had 15 points for the Sonics.
Dallas was without Josh Howard, who missed the game for the birth of his first child. Howard is expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
Croshere, who began the night averaging 2.9 points per game, picked up the bulk of Howard's minutes. Croshere, who finished with a career-high seven 3-pointers, had his previous career-high of 32 points for the Indiana Pacers in a game against the Mavericks on Feb. 5, 2002.
Howard is Dallas' second-leading scorer (19.4 points per game) and third-leading rebounder (7.2).
Howard's absence meant more minutes for Croshere, who didn't see any action the previous four games. Croshere had a total of 15 points in the first four games he played in January.
The Mavericks overcame an off night from Dirk Nowitzki, who started the night averaging 25.3 points and 9.6 rebounds. Nowitzki finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Croshere capped a 13-4 run spanning the late third and early fourth quarters with a three-point play and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to give Dallas a 91-82 lead with 10:37 left.
Croshere added another 3 with 7:54 left to stretch the Mavericks' lead 100-88.
Dallas took a 66-54 halftime lead with its highest scoring half this season.
The Mavericks shot 58 percent from the field in the first half and had four double-figure scorers led by Terry's 13.
Notes: Terry will have his No. 31 retired on Friday night by Seattle's Franklin High School. Terry, who led Franklin to consecutive Washington state championships in 1994-95, will fly to Seattle for the ceremonies, then rejoin the Mavericks for Saturday night's home game against Minnesota. ... Rashard Lewis missed his 18th consecutive game for Seattle due to a right hand injury. ... Mavericks rookie Jose Barea scored 40-plus points twice last week during a stint with the Fort Worth Flyers of the Developmental League. ...The Sonics hit their first six field goal attempts and were tied at 28 entering the second quarter..