Mavericks hold off Cavaliers for 103-95 victory

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012
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CLEVELAND (AP) — This time, it should be a pleasant trip back to Dallas.

O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Mavericks used a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-95 on Saturday night.

Chris Kaman scored 15 points while Vince Carter and Darren Collison added 14 apiece for Dallas, which won on the road for the second time in six games.

"We quit doing certifiably insane things with the basketball," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Right now, we're trying to figure out what kind of a team we are, and the guys got it done together."

It was an altogether different atmosphere in the other locker room. The Cavaliers dropped their fifth consecutive game, and Kyrie Irving bruised his left index finger while scoring 26 points.

"It hurts a lot, but I'm going to get through it," he said.

Irving was forced out with 6:54 remaining in the third quarter. He flexed his left hand several times and walked to the bench where he was examined by trainer Max Benton during a timeout. The two then walked to the locker room.

X-rays of Irving's hand were negative, and he returned when the fourth quarter began. Irving said he took a swipe at the ball while Collison was dribbling and hit the guard's foot. Although he played well after returning, Irving admitted the injury affected his play.

"I'm not feeling comfortable with my left hand and attacking the rim," he said. "I had only one hand and I was trying to force shots over Chris Kaman. He did a good job coming over and trying to block my shot."

Irving, who said he intends to play Sunday night against the 76ers, didn't have an assist for the first time in his career. The reigning Rookie of the Year said it was the first time he didn't have an assist at any level. Irving had one assist on two occasions last season.

Mayo hit a 3-pointer and a layup down the stretch to spark Dallas, which outscored the Cavaliers 28-22 in the final period. The Mavericks had six players score in double figures.

Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson had 16 points apiece for Cleveland.

Dallas used its first 9-0 run in the fourth to build an 87-80 lead, but five straight points by Irving cut the lead to two. Irving's basket off a steal tied it at 89 before the Mavericks scored the next nine points.

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