Dallas Mavericks rip Wizards, end three-game losing streak

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DALLAS -- These looked more like the Dallas Mavericks local fans have grown accustomed to seeing on a nightly basis.

The Mavs were running like deer, executing precisely and letting everyone know they will be heard from before the NBA crowns another champion.

It was only the lowly Washington Wizards. But the Mavs escaped from their two-week doldrums by claiming a 107-98 victory over the Wizards before a crowd of 20,319 on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak and marked just the third time in the past 17 games in which the Mavs have reached the 100-point barrier. The Mavs also shot 50.6 percent from the field, received 50 points from their bench and won the rebounding battle 51-38.

"We finally got to a 50 percent shooting night," said Jason Terry, who finished with 24 points. "Anytime we do that, I like us and I think we're going to win a majority of the time."

The Mavs (24-20) will probably win a majority of the time if they keep receiving the type of production they had from Rodrigue Beaubois, who scored 19 points and was so effective that starting point guard Jason Kidd didn't have to play in the fourth quarter.

For the most part, Beaubois was matched with the speedy John Wall, who contributed 18 points and 10 assists for the Wizards.

"I just needed to get with it on defense, because you know that he likes to push the ball," Beaubois said. "I just tried to play defense the best that I could."

With Dirk Nowitzki tallying 20 of his 27 points in the first half, the Mavs led 60-51 at intermission. That marked just the fourth time this season they've scored 60 points in the first half.

"We got a good win tonight," said Shawn Marion, who collected 10 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. "Everybody contributed and that's what we're going to have to do."

West still waits

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle isn't sure when guard Delonte West will return. West fractured his right ring finger Feb. 15. Pins that were surgically inserted must be removed before West can return to the court.

"The X-rays have to show enough healing to get the pins out, and we're not quite there yet," Carlisle said. "We're a week closer, but I don't know exactly how long.''

Trades unlikely

Don't look for the Mavs to be involved in any trades by Thursday's 2 p.m. trading deadline.

With one exception, owner Mark Cuban said.

"Unless somebody has a brain lapse and makes a mistake,'' Cuban said. "Then we'll happily take advantage of it.''

The Mavs, who have roughly $16 million of salary cap space, are hoping to be a major player this summer when Dwight Howard and Deron Williams will likely be among the top-tier free agents available.

Wright returns

The Mavs assigned forward Sean Williams to the Texas Legends of the D-League after center Brandan Wright, who had been sidelined since suffering a concussion March 2, was activated.

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