Mavericks break 6-game skid 103-94 over Wizards

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm •  Published: January 1, 2013
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Dallas arrived in Washington in the midst of its longest losing streak since a seven-game slump from Feb. 9-19, 1999 during Nowitzki's rookie season. The Mavs hadn't been losing close games, either, with only one loss during the recent slide coming by single-digits. The six losses came by an average of 19 points.

"It's been crazy, man. Not winning, and we all lose sleep, all a little stressed out, and a little tense," Mayo said.

NBA champions just two seasons ago, the Mavs haven't missed the playoffs since 2000 and looked to be a team in turmoil. Carlisle was so upset after Sunday's 25-point loss to San Antonio, he threatened suspensions to underperformers, a threat he dismissed before the game. He did institute a dress code for team charters, banning sweat suits and insisting on at least business-casual attire.

"Losing is not something we're used to in this franchise, in this organization. The fans are used to it, to a lot more," Nowitzki said.

The Wizards outrebounded the Mavericks 20-8 in the first quarter as they took a 29-23 lead and ended a 10-0 run with a 37-23 advantage with just over two minutes gone in the second quarter. Dallas clawed back with a 7-0 run to go into halftime trailing 52-48.

"We had a great start. They have experience, they have good players right there. We wake up the beast, Nowitzki started making shots. Vince Carter looked like the young Vince Carter," Washington forward Nene said.

Just before Washington left the court, coach Randy Wittman took reserve center Kevin Seraphin aside to hector him for allowing Kaman three easy baskets late in the half.

NOTES: Dallas recalled G Jared Cunningham from the D-League, but he was inactive, as was C/F Brandan Wright with a quad strain. ... The Wizards gave out bobbleheads depicting Beal. ... Washington has lost six in a row to the Mavericks. ... While the Mavericks were introduced, the strains of "Hail to the Redskins" were played.