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NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Washington



(Wednesday, January 20th)

Final Score: Dallas 94, Washington 93

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion blocked Caron Butler's potential game-winning shot in the final seconds, and the Dallas Mavericks escaped with a 94-93 win over the Washington Wizards.

Marion had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the Mavericks, who nearly blew a seven-point lead with a minute to play but improved to 2-1 on a five-game Eastern Conference road trip. Dirk Nowitzki posted a game-high 28 points, and Jason Terry had 21 points in the win.

"It fires you up when you make a big play," Marion said. "The game is competitive, and you take what's given to you, and you take advantage of situations. I got a beat on it and was able to get a good defensive stop."

Randy Foye led the Wizards with a season-high 26 points, but Washington squandered a chance to earn its first three-game win streak since the 2007-08 season. Butler added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brendan Haywood had 13 points and 18 boards in defeat.

Dallas led, 94-87, with 1:10 left after an Erick Dampier dunk, but Washington nearly stole the game in the final moments.

Foye and Mike Miller each hit a three-pointer on the next two Wizards possessions, drawing the hosts to within 94-93 with 27.1 seconds left.

Dallas looked to take as much time off the clock on its next touch before getting a shot off, but Nowitzki was called for a charge with 6.7 ticks remaining.

Butler received the ensuing inbound pass for Washington and looked for a pull- up jumper from 16 feet away in the final second, but Marion was there to swat it away and prevent the game-winning shot.

"To be able to play them that tough -- they make shots, we make shots. Brendan blocks Dirk's shot and then takes a charge on Dirk -- to fight that hard and do that much to stay in the game and give ourselves a chance to win it, it hurts to lose like that," Foye said.

Dallas led by as many as 12 in the first quarter, but the Wizards ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to cut their deficit to 25-20 heading into the second.

The second quarter proved to be a mirror image of the first, as the Mavs got out to a 14-point lead, 40-26, after a Drew Gooden hook shot with 6 1/2 minutes to go.

Washington responded again, outscoring Dallas by a 21-10 margin over the rest of the period to get to within 50-47 at halftime.

It was more of the same in the third, as Nowitzki capped a 7-0 burst with a layup for a 62-51 lead with just under seven minutes left. Washington later trailed by 10 with 3 1/2 minutes to go before nine straight points cut the deficit to one.

Andray Blatche had three baskets, while Miller added a three-pointer on the stretch, which was countered by Nowitzki's two free throws to end the quarter for a 70-67 Dallas lead.

In the early portion of the fourth, Washington ripped off six straight points to take its first lead, 75-74, since the score was 2-0.

The teams continued to go back-and-forth for the majority of the period until an 8-2 run by Dallas gave the Mavs a 94-87 lead with just over a minute to play.

Game Notes

Washington fell to 3-18 this season when scoring fewer than 100 points...The teams split the season series, 1-1, after the Wizards beat the Mavs to open the season on October 27...Dallas finishes its road trip with games at Philadelphia and New York...The Mavericks are 15-7 on the road, while Washington is 8-12 at home...Gooden had 14 points and seven rebounds...Washington is 3-6 since guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely for weapons charges...Dallas forward Josh Howard sat out the game with an illness.

01/21 01:35:29 ET


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