At least that was the case for the Dallas Mavericks, who survived a spirited effort from the Washington Wizards, who are so bad this year that effort is the only thing they can do well.
The Mavericks struggled for much of the game, but never to the point of being significantly behind. In the fourth quarter, they took over with Jason Kidd keying a 27-18 quarter that enabled the Mavericks to win 97-86.
Jason Terry led Dallas with 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 21 and Josh Howard had 17.
The surprise of the game was James Singleton, ended the game with 13 rebounds in 29 minutes of play. Singleton had played six minutes in the last nine games but earned playing time with his work in practice.
-- Jan Hubbard