Scouting the Mavericks

They have won the first two meetings against the Rockets this season, including a 116-109 victory in Houston in December … Overall, they have won nine consecutive games against the Rockets, their longest active streak against any team in the league, including four in a row in Houston … They shot 50 percent against Brooklyn on Friday, the first time they’ve made at least half their shots in a game since Jan. 29 at Portland … Dirk Nowitzki has scored 20 or more in four of the last five games and is averaging a shade over 21 points in that stretch, along with better than 10 rebounds … Vince Carter rebounded from two off shooting nights (a combined 3-of-16) to throw down 7-of-12 shots for 20 points Friday against the Nets.