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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.
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.
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.
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.
11/17 22:46:08 ET
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