The Mavs took a 57-55 lead in to the half, but only managed 37 points in the final 24 minutes of play. Vince Carter and Chris Kaman both had good nights off the bench, scoring 15 and 14 points respectively. Dallas had no answer for Carmelo Anthony, who finished the night with 31 points and seven rebounds.
With the loss, the Mavs fell one game behind the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Sacramento Kings 97-86. The Spurs got 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals from Tim Duncan, who battled back and forth with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins throughout the fourth quarter. The Spurs also got 18 points from Patty Mills, who played much of the second half in place of Tony Parker, who was battling a stomach illness.
The Memphis Grizzlies also pulled ahead of the Mavs in the Southwest Division by beating the Houston Rockets 93-85 in Memphis, Friday night. Rudy Gay paced the Grizzlies with 21 points, while Zach Randolph had 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Tony Allen hounded James Harden all night long, holding him to 18 points on 18 shot attempts.