Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
A 35-19 third quarter put the Mavs up for good in Dirk Nowitzki's sixth game back from injury
Having lost nine of ten, the Mavericks needed to get right against the worst team in the NBA. And despite a slow start, Dallas caught fire in the third quarter and dispatched the Wizards, 103-94. Vince Carter scored 23 while O.J. Mayo contributed 15 in the victory.
Bradley Beal got off to a hot start for the Wiz, but couldn't keep it up in the second half. The third quarter saw the Mavericks outscore Washington 35-19 and Dallas never relinquished the lead. Dirk Nowitzki came off the bench for the sixth game in a row after missing the first 27 games of the season with a nagging knee injury. The All-Star forward had 11 points in just 17 minutes, with the Mavericks going small with Vince Carter, Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo in the starting lineup.
For the Wizards, Beal finished with 21, his second-highest point total this season. Emeka Okafor had a double-double., finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.