Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/14/12
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks put an end to their three-game losing skid Wednesday night with a 107-101 victory over the still-winless Washington Wizards. The Wizards, now 0-7, talked about being embarrassed after Tuesday's ugly loss at Charlotte, yet for much of the game they trailed by 18 points or more to a Dallas team that lacked injured forward Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion. Washington came to life early in the fourth quarter and sliced an 83-71 deficit to 90-87 with 6:26 to go, bolstered by 13-of-27 shooting from the beyond the arc. But Dallas' Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo responded with consecutive baskets and then Wizards guard Jordan Crawford was hit with a technical to lift Dallas' lead to 95-87 with 5:43 to play. The Wizards kept pushing and got within 101-98 with less than minute to play, but Washington guard A.J. Price missed a game-tying 3-pointer. Mayo then hit 1-of-2 free throws and Vince Carter grabbed the offensive rebound to seal the win. Dallas improved to 5-4 and avoided falling below .500 for the first time since starting last season 1-4. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle shook up his starting lineup and Kaman responded to moving into the starting unit with near-perfect shooting (10-of-12 for 23 points, plus eight rebounds. Mayo scored a game-high 25 points. Elton Brand notched a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points off the bench. Point guard A.J. Price was the only starter in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Rookie Bradley Beal, Washington's leading scorer on the season, finished with eight points on 3-of-14 shooting. Kevin Seraphin scored 16 points off the bench and Cartier Martin added 14, hitting all four of his 3-point attempts to lead Washington's late charge. The Wizards found themselves in a deep hole by halftime, 63-45, after being outscored 28-14 in the final 7:12 of the second quarter. Coming off a horrible shooting game in a loss Tuesday night at Charlotte, Washington shot 42.2 percent in the first half against Dallas and made 6 of 15 shots from beyond the arc. However, the Wizards failed to pressure the Mavericks on the defensive end. The Mavs, coming off their own embarrassing loss Monday at home to a depleted Minnesota squad, hit for 59.5 percent in the first half and scored 30 points in the paint, 10 on the fast break, to lead by as many as 19 points. NOTES: Wizards coach Randy Wittman said there are still no timetables for the return of point guard John Wall (left knee), who had hoped to return by the end of the month, and center Nene (plantar fasciitis). ... Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle shook up his starting lineup, inserting Kaman in place of center Brandan Wright and small forward Dahntay Jones in place of rookie Jae Crowder. ... Mavs forward Shawn Marion missed his fifth consecutive game with a sprained left knee, and forward Dirk Nowitzki missed his ninth consecutive game after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 19. The Mavs hope Marion will join them on their two-game road trip that starts Friday at Indiana.
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