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DALLAS | Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Tyson Chandler added 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five games with a 102-92 victory over Washington on Monday night, keeping the Wizards winless on the road.
Jason Terry contributed 14 points and eight assists and Shawn Marion had 14 points and nine rebounds for Dallas, which has won six of seven following a six-game losing streak.
Washington dropped its fifth straight and slipped to 0-24 on the road, the third-worst road start in NBA history.
Dallas holds the record, dropping its first 29 on the road in 1992-93.
Rookie of the Year contender John Wall had 17 points and 10 assists, and Nick Young and Rashard Lewis had 18 points apiece for Washington.
Both teams shot poorly from the free throw line. Washington went 19 for 31 and Dallas was 25 for 37.
The Mavericks took control with a 14-4 third-quarter run capped by Jason Kidd’s 3-pointer with 2:24 left for a 72-64 advantage.
Dallas carried a 74-68 edge into the final quarter, and Nowitzki’s four-point play with 6:51 remaining extended the lead to 91-81.
The Wizards pulled within 95-91, but Nowitzki swished an 18-footer with 2:13 remaining.
Kidd’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 49.8 seconds left gave Dallas a 100-92 lead, closing out the Wizards.
The Wizards led by as many as 12 in the second quarter before the Mavericks fought back with a 10-4 run over the last 2:39 of the first half for a 50-49 lead at the break.
NOTES: Former Mavericks F Josh Howard missed his 13th straight game for Washington with a sore left knee. Howard averaged 15.3 points and six rebounds in 431 games for Dallas before he was traded to the Wizards on Feb. 13, 2010. … Dallas wrapped up a 4-0 homestand and is on the road for six of its next seven games. The last time the Mavs swept a four-game homestand was March 8-14, 2008. … Washington F JaVale McGee was back in the rotation after missing two games with the flu. … A contingent of Pittsburgh Steelers players and coaches took a break from Super Bowl preparations to watch the game from a luxury suite. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a Pittsburgh native and Steelers fan. …The Wizards had one first-half turnover, seven for the game.
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