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                === Nowitzki, Mavs welcome Wizards to Big D ===
 (  - Whether  Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is Hall
 of  Fame worthy remains  debatable, but he is on the verge of passing a legend
 on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
 Nowitzki  and the  Mavericks are back in Big  D for a short amount of time and
 will  welcome the  Washington Wizards  to  town Tuesday  at American  Airlines
 Center.  Nowitzki,  the 2011 NBA  Finals MVP, needs 15  points to pass Hall of
 Famer  Jerry  West (25,192) for  16th on the all-time  scoring list. He got to
 this point after scoring 16 in Saturday's 91-83 win at Milwaukee.
 Former Buck Monta Ellis scored a team-best 18 points and Shawn Marion added 14
 and  10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who ended a two-game slide and won for the
 third  time in five tries. The Mavs closed the first quarter on a 27-8 run and
 led  34-19 after 12  minutes of play. They held Milwaukee to 19 points (23-19)
 in the fourth quarter.
 "They  made their  run, but  we kept  our composure  and made  plays down  the
 stretch when we needed to," said Ellis, who leads Dallas with 23.0 ppg and has
 scored 20 or more points five times this season..
 Vince Carter had 13 points off the bench.
 The  Mavericks, who went  1-2 on a recent trip and are in the midst of playing
 five of six games on the road, are averaging 107.0 points per game this season
 and  shooting  40.4 percent from 3-point  range. When Dallas scores 30 or more
 points in the first this season, it is 4-1. So look for the Mavs to get off to
 another hot start versus the Wizards.
 The  Mavericks  have used  the same starting  lineup (Marion, Nowitzki, Samuel
 Dalembert, Ellis and Jose Calderon) in each of their first seven games.
 After  hosting the  Wizards, Dallas, which is  3-0 at home and unbeaten in the
 past  four as  the host dating back to  2012-13, will hit the road again for a
 Florida tour against Miami and Orlando.
 Washington had a brief two-game winning streak cut short with Sunday's 106-105
 overtime loss at Oklahoma City in the first leg of a three-game western jaunt.
 Bradley  Beal  pumped in a  career-high 34  points on 13-of-23 shooting, while
 Trevor Ariza and Nene scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. Beal knocked down
 6-of-8 3-pointers and currently leads the team in scoring with 21.0 points per
 game.  Marcin  Gortat and  Al Harrington  both scored 11  points and John Wall
 ended with 10 for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter.
 Wall  missed  a potential go-ahead  layup at  the overtime buzzer. The Thunder
 needed a 14-4 run at the end of regulation to force an extra period.
 "I  give Oklahoma City  credit for coming back. They made shots. All we needed
 to  do at  the end of regulation was  make one shot or a couple of free throws
 and  the  game would  have been  over," Wizards coach  Randy Wittman said. "We
 played our tails off but came up short."
 The  Wizards  were outrebounded by  a 58-41 count, but  have had at least five
 players  score  in double-figures  in their  last five games.  Nene was one of
 those  players and  was ejected  late in  the game  for getting  into a  minor
 scuffle with OKC guard Russell Westbrook.
 Washington  lost both matchups  with Dallas a season ago and is winless in the
 last  six  games in  this series.  The Mavericks  are 14-4  in the previous 18
 meetings  with  the Wizards,  losers in three  straight and 10  of the last 13
 trips to Big D.
 The two teams will meet again on Jan. 1 at Verizon Center.
 11/12 10:49:10 ET

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