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                 === Mavs, Cavs tangle in matinee at the Q ===
 (  -  The Dallas  Mavericks will kick  off a three-game road
 trip Monday afternoon against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
 The  Mavericks  will visit  the Cavs on  Martin Luther King,  Jr. Day and have
 stops  in Toronto and  Brooklyn on the schedule. They are 10-11 away from home
 this  season  and have lost  two of  three games, including Saturday's 127-111
 setback versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
 Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points, Monta Ellis added 15 and both DeJuan Blair and
 Jae  Crowder netted 13 points for Dallas, which shot 46.7 percent for the game
 and  welcomed  back Devin Harris. Harris  was recovering from foot surgery and
 recorded six points on 2-of-4 shooting in about 18 minutes of play.
 "It's good to be back out there," Harris said. "Obviously I would have liked a
 better  result,  but I was  just getting  within a game  rhythm. It felt a lot
 better  in the second half. In the first half I was just kind of going through
 the  motions and  feeling my  way out  there. Everything  felt good.  Just got
 quality minutes and something to build upon."
 The  Cavaliers will play their next five games at home versus Dallas, Chicago,
 Milwaukee, Phoenix and New Orleans, and are 10-8 as the host.
 Cleveland  has  alternated results  over its  last five games  and won for the
 fourth time in six tries with Friday's 117-109 victory at Denver in the finale
 of  a five-game  western road trip (3-2).  Kyrie Irving scored 23 points to go
 along  with  six assists and Tristan  Thompson added 20 points and 10 rebounds
 for his third straight double-double.
 C.J. Miles and Luol Deng scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Cavs.
 "Our  guys  did a nice  job of just staying  the course," Cavaliers head coach
 Mike Brown said. "I'm glad of our guys for doing that."
 Anderson  Varejao  finished with seven  points, 16 rebounds, and a season-high
 seven  assists in the win. The Cavaliers averaged 105.2 points per game during
 the western trek.
 The  Cavaliers and  Mavericks are meeting for the first time since Dallas took
 both  matchups a  season ago. The Mavs have  won five of the last six games in
 this  series.  Irving has scored 20  or more points  in eight of his last nine
 games at Quicken Loans Arena.
 01/20 10:09:50 ET