DALLAS -- Once again, Shawn Marion showed why he is so valuable to the Dallas Mavericks.
In Tuesday's much-needed 107-98 triumph over the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Center, Marion scored 10 points, grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds and handed out four assists in 34 morkmanlike minutes. It was Marion's team-high seventh double-double of the season and the 399th of his illustrious career.
And oh, the slumping Mavs really needed a yeoman's performance from Marion, who is one of the NBA's top defenders.
Coach Rick Carlisle said: "Marion was great on the boards and gave us a really good all-around game.''
With Marion's help, the Mavs were able to snap a three-game losing streak. But Mariuon, who passed Antoine Walker to become the 100th all-time leading scorer in NBA history, credited the Wizards for hanging tough with the Mavs.
"I don't want to take anything away from Washington -- they've got some talented players,'' Marion said. "They hit some crazy shots.
"They were hitting contested shots with people's hands in their faces. Coach said we stayed after it and stayed consistent with what we wanted to do.''
-- Dwain Price
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