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Ellis leads Mavericks over Wizards, 87-78

  • Associated Press
  • January 1, 2014 - 7:40 PM

WASHINGTON — Monta Ellis scored 23 points, Vince Carter had 13 and the Dallas Mavericks held the Washington Wizards scoreless for more than 4 minutes late in the fourth quarter of an 87-78 victory Wednesday night.

The Wizards led 74-70 with 4:58 to play, but the Mavericks scored nine straight points on a 3-pointer by Carter, a hook shoot by Brandan Wright, two free throws by Carter and a jumper by Ellis to give Dallas a 79-74 lead with 2:14 to play.

Washington didn't score again until John Wall, who led the Wizards with 22 points, made two free throws with 46 seconds to play.

Trevor Booker had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Washington.

It was Dallas' fourth straight win on the road and their eighth straight over the Wizards (14-15), who failed in their attempt to rise above .500 for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009.

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