Nowitzki passes West, Mavericks top Wizards 105-95
Posted at: 11/13/2013 1:05 AM
By SCHUYLER DIXON
(AP) DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95 Tuesday night.
Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West.
Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four steals.
Monta Ellis started slowly from the field before scoring 10 in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks improve to 4-0 at home this season. Ellis matched Nowitzki with 19.
Nowitzki was struggling from the field before a loose ball bounced to him above the key. The 11-time All-Star and 2007 MVP grabbed it, turned and hit a shot to get within a point of West’s record.
On Dallas’ next possession, Gal Mekel passed to Nowitzki a few feet left of the previous spot, and Nowitzki pulled up and hit another from long range with 59.9 seconds left in the third. The bucket that put him ahead of West gave him 16 points for the game.
Nowitzki ended up 8 of 19 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists and steals. He has 25,197 points for his career. Reggie Miller is 15th on the scoring list with 25,279 points.
Vince Carter scored 16, and Samuel Dalembert led Dallas with 13 points in the first half and finished with 15. DeJuan Blair had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.
The Wizards had their last lead early in the second quarter, but were down just 89-84 when Ellis hit a pull-up jumper and was fouled by Bradley Beal. It was Ellis’ first shot of the fourth quarter after he had gone 3 of 10 through the first three.
Ellis missed the free throw, but the Wizards couldn’t convert on three chances at the other end. After Nene lost the ball out of bounds trying to make a post move, Shawn Marion hit a runner to put Dallas back up by nine.
Nowitzki hit a runner to give the Mavericks their biggest lead at 71-56, but the Wizards went on an 18-6 run to make it a game again. Ariza had 11 points during the run, including a 3-pointer and a dunk on consecutive possessions.
John Wall had assists on five straight buckets during the spurt and finished with 10. Wall and Nene scored 14 apiece.
Carter started a 16-2 Dallas run in the second quarter with a 3-pointer, and Ellis finished it with a nifty reverse layup to put the Mavericks up 49-38.
After the Wizards got within four, Jose Calderon made a 3-pointer and Carter hit another 3 at the shot clock buzzer to give Dallas a 59-49 lead in the final minute of the first half. Carter was 4 of 9 from long range.
The Mavericks scored seven points in one trip late in the first quarter to turn a 29-23 deficit into a 30-29 lead.
Jae Crowder was fouled on a driving bank shot and missed the free throw, but DeJuan Blair grabbed the rebound before hitting a shot and getting fouled. His missed free throw was tipped by Carter to Mekel, who passed back to Carter for a 3-pointer from the left wing.
NOTES: The teams combined to shoot 60 percent in a 67-point first quarter, which ended with the Wizards in front 34-33. ... Mavericks G Wayne Ellington sat out with a right thigh contusion. ... Mavericks G Devin Harris says he’s targeting a mid-December return from offseason toe surgery.
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