Wizards lose lead, fall, 119-103, to Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points, Jason Terry equaled a season high with 33 and the Dallas Mavericks handed the visiting Washington Wizards their fifth straight loss, 119-103 last night.

The Wizards, the Eastern Conference's worst team at 14-49, led by 10 points in the first half before the Mavericks (38-25) rallied to tie it at halftime.


Nowitzki had nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists, and Antoine Wright scored 16 points for Dallas, which was playing without Josh Howard. The Mavericks' starting forward has a sprained left ankle.

Antawn Jamison scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who dropped to 4-27 on the road.


Washington forward Caron Butler returned to the starting lineup and scored 20 points after missing three games with a strained left hamstring.

The Wizards shot 52.7 percent from the field but had 22 turnovers. The Mavericks turned those miscues into 31 points.

Cavaliers 99, Heat 89:: Nobody in the NBA bounces back like the Cavaliers. LeBron James recorded a triple double, Mo Williams scored 29 points and host Cleveland (49-13) quickly shook off any hangover from a disappointing loss at Boston by beating Dwyane Wade and Miami (33-29).

76ers 110, Grizzlies 105: : Andre Iguodala scored 24 points, and Andre Miller added 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as visiting Philadelphia (30-30) beat Memphis (16-45).

Hornets 108, Thunder 90:: Chris Paul had 21 points, 13 assists and six steals, and host New Orleans (39-22) won its seventh straight game, beating Oklahoma City (16-46).

Bobcats 114, Knicks 105: : Gerald Wallace had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting Charlotte (28-35) beat New York (25-36) for its franchise-record sixth straight victory.

Hawks 87, Pistons 83: : Josh Smith scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and they each grabbed 12 rebounds to help host Atlanta (35-28) beat Detroit (31-30), ending the Pistons' four-game winning streak.

Bucks 125, Warriors 120:: Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points and host Milwaukee (29-36) held off a big rally by Jamal Crawford and beat Golden State (21-41) to end a three-game losing streak.