CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson tallied 30 points Tuesday night to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a rather easy 114-89 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
It was the worst loss of the season for the Mavs, who had their season-high five-game winning streak and left town with a 31-22 record. The Mavs will play their final game before the All-Star break Wednesday night at 6 at Indiana.
This was the eighth double-digit loss of the season for the Mavs and their first since losing 127-111 at home to Portland on Jan. 18. The loss to the Blazers previously was the Mavs' worst loss of the season.
The Bobcats used a flurry of baskets near the rim by Jefferson to bolt ahead 58-44 at the half. Charlotte's lead grew to as much as 27 points -- 80-53 -- late in the third quarter.
The Mavs received a scare early in the second quarter when Dirk Nowitzki collided with Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts and limped off into the locker room with a sprained left ankle. However, Nowitzki started the second half and finished with 16 points in 25 minutes on 5-of-9 shooting.
Also for the Mavs, Monta Ellis scored 16 points and handed out seven assists. No other Mavs player scored more than nine points.
The Bobcats were so efficient that they had 42 assists on their 45 field goals. Charlotte also beat the Mavs on the boards 38-33.
-- Dwain Price
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Dallas, which had won their preivous five games by an averae of 13.6 points,