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                     === Mayo, Mavs pull away from Cavs ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH  (Sports Network) -  O.J. Mayo scored  19 points and the Dallas
 Mavericks put together a strong late surge to record a 103-95 victory over the
 struggling Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 Chris  Kaman finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who
 used  a  9-0 run down the  stretch to halt  a four-game road losing streak and
 hand  the Cavaliers  a fifth  consecutive setback.  Darren Collison  and Vince
 Carter each contributed 14 points to the winning effort.
 
 "We can man-up, stick together and do it the hard way and help each other or
 the thinking goes south. The guys got it done together," Mavericks coach Rick
 Carlisle said.
 
 Kyrie Irving netted a game-high 26 points for Cleveland, with Tristan Thompson
 compiling  10 points  and 12  rebounds in  the Cavs'  seventh defeat  in eight
 outings.
 
 A  contest  that was tightly  played throughout  was decided over a two-minute
 sequence in the fourth quarter.
 
 Kaman gave Dallas a 91-89 lead by knocking home a jumper out of the paint with
 4:54  left  and Mayo  followed with  a 24-footer off  a Collison steal seconds
 later to push the margin to five points.
 
 After  Irving  misfired on a  3-point try  on the ensuing possession, Collison
 drove  the lane and scored before Shawn Marion's floater put the Mavs ahead by
 a 98-89 count with just over three minutes remaining.
 
 Cleveland  would get  to within 98-95 when Irving buried a 3-pointer with 1:34
 to go, but the Cavaliers missed their final four shot attempts.
 
 The  Cavs ended the night with a 37.5 percent (36-of-96) success rate from the
 field, while Dallas shot 58.8 percent in the deciding fourth quarter.
 
 "What  we're doing on  the defensive end is not carrying over from practice to
 the  games," stated  Cavs head coach Byron Scott. "I thought the [first] three
 quarters  was  OK, the fourth quarter  they shot 59 percent, and that's pretty
 much  the game. We  can't allow teams to shoot that way and then we shoot only
 38, 39 percent and expect to win. Too many breakdowns on the defensive end."
 
 Cleveland  owned  a 52-51 edge  at halftime behind  12 points from rookie Dion
 Waiters,  and was  clinging  to an  80-78 advantage  entering  the final  nine
 minutes when Dallas put forth a 9-0 spurt to move in front.
 
 Troy  Murphy began  the surge by knocking down a 3-pointer and Collison closed
 it out with an outside jumper that gave the Mavericks an 87-80 lead with under
 seven minutes to go.
 
 The Cavaliers countered with a 9-2 flurry to draw even, with Irving accounting
 for seven of the team's points during the stretch.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cleveland  center  Anderson Varejao  had just four  points on 2-of-11 shooting
 after pouring in a career-best 35 points while hitting 16-of-21 attempts to go
 along  with 18 rebounds in Tuesday's 114-101 loss at Brooklyn ... Center Tyler
 Zeller  returned to  the Cavaliers' lineup after sitting out four games with a
 fractured  cheekbone and contributed three points in 26 minutes ... Six Dallas
 players  finished with  10 or more points, improving the Mavericks to 5-0 this
 season  when five or more members score in double digits ... Dallas also moved
 to 5-0 when putting up 100 or more points.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/18 00:58:18 ET