- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wesley Matthews scored 28 of his season-high 36 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards, 116-104, on Sunday night.

Matthews made 12 3-pointers and tied his career high in scoring. He hit 10 3-pointers in the second half alone.

The Mavericks took the lead early in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth.

John Wall led Washington with 28 points but injured his right leg colliding with Dallas‘ Jeremy Evans and was helped off the court with 1:14 left.

Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and Raymond Felton added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Deron Williams helped with 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The injury-plagued Wizards dressed just 10 players for the third time in eight days.

Washington coach Randy Wittman leaned on his smaller players because of that. He often put four guards or smaller players on the floor, and the Wizards worked at pushing the pace. That helped them come back when Dallas took the lead at various times, but the Mavericks controlled the boards.

The momentum repeatedly swung back and forth until the Mavericks took command in the second half. Gary Neal scored 13 of his 18 points off the bench in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a 58-49 lead late.

Dallas scored 20 of the next 25 for a 69-63 lead. Most of the third quarter turned into a battle between Matthews and Wall.

Both guards scored 14 points, but the Mavericks went into the fourth with an 87-84 lead. Matthews then made three consecutive 3-pointers to give Dallas a 96-88 lead.

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