The Dallas Mavericks used a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter to turn a 74-70 deficit into a 79-74 lead and rally past the Washington Wizards for an 87-78 victory Wednesday night.
The Wizards did not score from the 4:58 mark in the fourth quarter until John Wall hit a free throw with 46 seconds to play.
Mavericks’ star Dirk Nowitzki scored just nine points on three-of-14 shooting and Monta Ellis was forced to carry the load. Ellis had 23 points and five rebounds while two members of the Mavericks’ bench mob, Vince Carter (13) and Brandan Wright (10) combined for 23 points.
Wall had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but also turned the ball over seven times. Trevor Booker had a monster game for the Wizards, finishing with 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
As the final score indicates, the game was sloppy throughout. The Mavericks shot just 38.5% from the floor, but the Wizards were even worse, shooting 37.5%. The difference came at the free throw line where the Mavericks hit 21 of their 23 attempts (91.3%) while the Wizards went just seven-of-10.
The Mavericks are now 19-13 while the Wizards can’t seem to get over .500 and are stuck at 14-15.