Mar 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives the ball past Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Mavericks Vs. Wizards: Dallas Grabs Much Needed 107-98 Win Over Washington

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a much needed 107-98 win over the Washington Wizards.

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NBA MVP 2012 Power Rankings: Can The Mavericks Rebound From Poor Start?

The Dallas Mavericks are just 3-7 in their last 10 games since the All-Star break and are dangerously close to falling out of the top 8 in the Western Conference standings. SB Nation's Tom Ziller released his NBA power rankings on Monday and the Mavs sit at No. 18 this week.

18. Dallas Mavericks 23-20 W: NY; L: OKC, PHX, SAC, GSW Mavs Moneyball
The Mavericks are 2-7 since that national TV loss to the Lakers without Lamar Odom. Yes, it has somehow gotten worse.

Not that Lamar Odom deserves any real blame for the Mavs downfall this season, but along with Vince Carter, their additions to a defending champion roster were expected to at least hold serve versus being virtually anemic at times. Moreover, Mavericks' star player Dirk Nowitzki has admittedly came into the season out of shape and uninspired.

Now, the Mavericks sit 1.5 games out from being outside the playoff picture. Not quite the way you'd expect a reigning national champion to defend the throne.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball. To read more NBA coverage, go the the SB Nation NBA hub page.

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Mavericks Vs. Wizards Final Score: Dirk Nowitzki Leads Dallas Past Washington 107-98

Dirk Nowtizki led the Dallas Mavericks to a much needed 107-98 win over the Washington Wizards Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center.

Dallas used a big second quarter to grab the lead and then were able to keep the Wizards at arms length in the second half. Dirk Nowtizki led the way for the Mavericks with 27 points going 10-14 from the field. Jason Terry added 24 points off while Rodrigue Beaubois added 19 off the bench.

Trevor Booker scored 20 points and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists to lead the Wizards. Jordan Crawford and Nick Young each finished with 15 while JaVale McGee added 12.

Dallas improves to 24-20 on the season while Washington falls to 9-32.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and for more on the Wizards, read Bullets Forever. To read more NBA coverage, go the the SB Nation NBA hub page.

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Mavericks Vs. Wizards: Game Preview, TV Schedule And More

The Dallas Mavericks play the struggling Washington Wizards at home.

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