Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Darren Collison chalked up 15 points and 8 assists and Vince Carter exploded for 23 points as the Dallas Mavericks snapped their six-game losing skid with a 103-94 victory over the Washington Wizards Tuesday at Verizon Center.
The Mavericks finally ended their skid behind a solid effort on both ends in the second half. The Mavs were a little bit sluggish through the opening minutes, trailing 21-12 before cutting the deficit by three, 29-13, at the end of the first quarter.
The Mavs played better basketball in the second quarter, shooting a more efficient from the field and reducing their turnovers, though it wasn’t enough to overtake the Wizards at the break.
Powered by solid first half performance from Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal, the Wizards headed to the locker room with a 52-48 advantage.
But Washington’s lead was history once the Mavs unleashed a 35-19 rally in the third quarter.
Carter and Shawn Marion led the second-half charge for the Mavericks, who took an 83-71 lead at the end of the third period.
The Mavs sustained their double-digit lead, fending off all rallies thrown at them by the Wizards, who still missed injured point guard John Wall.
Okafor finished with 14 points and 11 boards and Beal had a team-high 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the field.
The Mavs improved to 13-19, while Wizards continued their free-fall at 4-25.