Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Sunday, November 14th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 18th

Wizards 120

(22-15, 8-10 away)

Mavericks 137

(24-12, 14-7 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 18, 2005

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 20 20 38 42120
    DAL 40 33 28 36137

    Top Performers

    Washington: G. Arenas 43 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Four Mavs score 20-plus; Nowitzki eclipses 10,000 points

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks gave coach Don Nelson a high-scoring sendoff, racking up the most points in the NBA this season.

    Jerry Stackhouse scored a season-high 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points to surpass 10,000 for his career as the Mavericks routed the Washington Wizards 137-120 on Tuesday night.

    Did You Know ...
    The Mavericks, who had four players score at least 25 points in a game, are the third team since the NBA-ABA merger (1976-77 season) to accomplish such a feat.
    Jan. '05 Mavericks (vs. Washington): Jerry Stackhouse (29), Dirk Nowitzki (28), Jason Terry (26), Michael Finley (25)
    Jan. '90 Warriors (at Boston): Chris Mullin (30), Mitch Richmond (26), Terry Teagle (26), Tim Hardaway (25)
    April '88 Nuggets (vs. Houston): Danny Schayes (32), Fat Lever (28), Alex English (26), Michael Adams (26)

    Jason Terry had 26 points and Michael Finley contributed 25 to help the Mavericks to their seventh win in the last nine games.

    It was Nelson's final game leading the team before undergoing surgery Thursday to repair a torn right rotator cuff. Assistant Avery Johnson will take over as head coach beginning with Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers until Nelson returns in mid-February.

    "He's been the coach since I've been here," Finley said. "It'll be strange not to have him on the sidelines yelling at me."

    Nelson was mostly pleased with his final look at the team for a while, but he had to leave his starters on the floor until the closing seconds because the Wizards rallied to draw as close as 11 with 2:26 left.

    "It was the good, the bad and the ugly," Nelson said. "It's hard to play with a 30-point lead in the NBA. I guess you should assume people are going to make a run at you. ...We were beautiful in the first half and then got caught up in a rag-tag kind of game and didn't handle it very well."

    Nowitzki became the fifth member of the Mavericks to reach 10,000 career points when he hit a 23-foot jumper with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

    "It's definitely quite an accomplishment," Nowitzki said. "It was good that I was so close so I could get it out of the way early."

    Gilbert Arenas scored a career-high 43 points and Antawn Jamison, the Mavericks' sixth man last season, added 27 to pace the Wizards. Juan Dixon had 19 points for Washington.

    "We have to do some soul-searching," Arenas said. "Everybody knows what happened tonight. We've got to move forward."

    Washington got off to a listless start after losing by 28 points at San Antonio on Monday night and was behind by 20 points heading into the second quarter.

    The Wizards, who began their road trip with a seven-game winning streak, have lost their last two games since Larry Hughes went on the injured list due to a fractured right thumb. Hughes was averaging 21.2 points per game, second on the team to Arenas' 22.6.

    "We're going through an adjustment period right now," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "Hughes meant so much to our team. But we shouldn't have played the way we did tonight."

    Dallas finished the second quarter with a 17-3 run to build a 73-40 halftime lead, shooting 58 percent (25-for-43) from the field. The Wizards missed their last 11 field goal attempts of the first half and didn't have a field goal over the final 5:38 of the quarter.

    Washington trailed by as many as 37 before a 15-2 run early in the third quarter, but the Wizards could only get as close as 101-78 entering the final quarter.

    Game notes

    Arenas' previous career high was 41 points. ...F Josh Howard returned to Dallas' starting lineup after missing the previous three games with an upper respiratory infection. ... Rolando Blackman, Mark Aguirre, Derek Harper and Finley were the first four Dallas players to reach 10,000 career points. ... Both teams were in throwback uniforms. The Mavericks wore their green from 1987-88 and the Wizards wore their orange from 1970-71 when they were based in Baltimore and were known as the Bullets. ...The Mavericks have won 10 of their last 13 against the Wizards. ...The Mavericks' previous season high was 123 in two games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 120 137
    FGM-FGA 39-92 (.424) 45-78 (.577)
    3PM-3PA 9-23 (.391) 11-17 (.647)
    FTM-FTA 33-46 (.717) 36-41 (.878)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-42 7-40
    Assists 19 23
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 12 9
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 27 34
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 27 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 2 37

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 43
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 28
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3