Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki fell short of 30 points but the
Dallas Mavericks never trailed in the last 37-plus minutes Monday in a 124-107
win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Nowitzki was trying to score at least 30 points in a third straight game for
the first time in almost four years. He had 23, including 12 in the second
quarter, and Dallas wrapped up a 3-1 homestand.
Monta Ellis added 22 points, Samuel Dalembert scored 18 and Devin Harris had a
season-high 16 off the bench for the Mavericks, who have won four in a row
over Cleveland and seven of the last eight in the series.
The Cavaliers dropped their fifth in a row and completed a winless three-game
road trip. They were led by 27 points from Kyrie Irving, 18 from Luol Deng and
17 from Tristan Thompson.
Cleveland took its last lead on C.J. Miles' 3-pointer with under two minutes
to play in the first quarter. Vince Carter's jumper at the other end tied it
for Dallas and DeJuan Blair's jumper gave the Mavericks a 27-25 lead going
into the second.
Nowitzki was 9-of-16 from the field for the game, including 3-of-5 on 3s. He
was 4-for-8 and 2-for-4 in the second quarter.
The two 3s in the second came at the end of a 17-4 run that broke a tie and
gave the Mavericks a 13-point advantage.
It was 59-52 at halftime and the Cavaliers got as close as two in the third
quarter before Dallas scored eight in a row. Cleveland was rarely within
single digits after.
The Mavericks took a 94-79 lead into the fourth quarter and led by as many as
Nowitzki checked out for the last time with 6:53 remaining. He hadn't scored
30 points in three straight games since Feb. 24-28, 2010.
Dallas shot 55 percent, was 12-of-26 on 3-pointers and outrebounded the Cavs
45-31 ... The Mavs are at Memphis on Wednesday ... The Cavs play the Lakers on
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