DALLAS -- Looks like the move to put Chris Kaman in the starting lineup was a wise move
for the Dallas Mavericks.
Kaman scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, OJ Mayo tallied 25 points and the Mavs snapped their three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 107-101 victory over the winless Washington Wizards at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs are now 5-4 on the season before going on a two-game road trip to play the Indiana Pacers on Friday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
Despite climbing back into the win column, the Mavs found themselves in another dogfight to the finish.
Dallas built as much as a 22-point lead (67-45) less than a minute into the third quarter. But the Wizards (0-7) kept chipping away, and buoyed by a 15-0 run, got within 88-85 with 6:59 remaining in the game.
It was still a three-point game (101-98) with 1:54 after Washington’s Kevin Seraphin scored inside. A few moments later, Wizards guard Jannero Pargo missed a game-tying three-pointer.
Mayo then split a pair of free throws, and, after a Vince Carter offensive rebound, Darren Collison drilled a pair of free throws to pad the Dallas lead to 104-98 with 25.6 seconds left. But Martin drilled a three-pointer with 21.3 seconds left to get the izards within 104-101.
Kaman scored the game's final points on a three-point play with 17.8 ticks to go.
Besides Mayo and Kaman, the Mavs got 12 points from jae Crowder, 11 points and 12 rebounds from Elton Brand, and 10 points form Troy Murppy.
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points and Seraphin added 16 points and five rebounds.
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Kaman gave the Mavs some breathing room when he scored inside off
a feed from Mayo, who followed by burying a pull-up jumper to put the Mavs up
Houston Aldine Nimitz product Cartier Martin led the comeback by
the Wizards with 14 fourth-quarter points in just 10 minutes of action.