(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.)
By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks are finally playing like the team they thought they built after Deron Williams spurned them in the offseason.
If they keep this up, it might not be too late to extend their playoff streak to 13 seasons.
The Mavericks have won a season-best four straight games since dropping 10 below .500 for the first time since their last non-playoff year in 2000. Dirk Nowitzki shows a new sign of his old self nearly every game as he recovers from knee surgery that sidelined him the first two months.
And owner Mark Cuban has declared the ``Bank of Cuban is open'' a year and a half after he chose financial flexibility over bringing back key pieces of the franchise's first championship team.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Timberwolves vs. Clippers Pick Are the Clippers a safe bet as a small home favorite tonight against the Timberwolves at 10:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Spurs Prediction Will tonight's 8:30PM ET tip-off between the Nuggets and Spurs go over the total when the two teams square off in San Antonio?
Thumbnail Mavericks vs. Heat Prediction Will the Mavericks pull off the small upset tonight when they visit the Heat at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail OKC aims to spring stunner on Golden State Oklahoma City’s six-game road trip isn’t off to a great start. So what are the Thunder’s chances of actually keeping pace with the Warriors this evening?
Thumbnail Bucks vs. Rockets Prediction Are the Rockets a good bet to cover tonight against the Bucks following their loss last night to the Heat?

NBA Team Pages