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NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Dallas

5:06 AM, Feb 4, 2014   |    comments
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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 19.

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.

GAME NOTES:
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 Wednesday.

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