Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki
Dec 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after passing Elvin Hayes and moving into eight place on the all-time scoring list during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center. Reuters

The Dallas Mavericks made quick work of the visiting Washington Wizards dealing John Wall and company a 114-87 beating on Tuesday night. Monta Ellis scored 20 to lead six Dalls players in double-figure scoring in a game that was already virtually decided by halftime as Dallas started the blowout early.

Ellis shot 8-of-15 from the field and added 4 steals while Charlie Villanueva and Richard Jefferson added 14 markers each off the bench. Other starters contributed as well with Dirk Nowitzki finishing with 13 points and Tyson Chandler grabbing 12 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 5 assists.

The game was close after the first quarter, 27-24 but the Mavericks exploded for 36 points in the second while limiting Washington to just 21 points. At the halftime break Dallas led, 63-45. The Wizards never recovered as the Mavs continued to pour it on in the final two quarters for the easy blowout victory that pushed the Mavericks current winning streak to 3 games. Dallas won over the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-98 and Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-107 in their last two games.

Washington was led by star point guard John Wall with 11 points and 8 assists but no Wizards players scored a dozen or more. Bradley Beal missed 10-of-14 shots for just 10 points and Paul Pierce had 9 points in 22 minutes. As a team, Washington had a total of 22 turnovers in the game including 15 from their first five. The Wizards also struggled from the free throw line making just 17-of-27 from the stripe. They also couldn’t stop the Mavs in this game allowing over 50 per cent shooting from the field (43-of-82 FGs) and the three-point line (8-of-15 3FGs). Washington had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Upcoming Schedule (Next 3 Games):
Washington Wizards: at Oklahoma City Thunder, at San Antonio Spurs, at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks: at Boston Celtics, at Cleveland Cavaliers, at Brooklyn Nets

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