Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/15

Game 1: Wednesday, February 15th
Game 2: Friday, March 17th

Mavericks 104

(52-14, 23-9 away)

Wizards 94

(33-31, 23-12 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, March 17, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 27 25 29 23104
    WSH 24 26 19 2594

    Top Performers

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 25 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Washington: G. Arenas 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Stackhouse gets 17 off bench as Mavs beat Wiz

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- As he dribbled out the clock, Jerry Stackhouse waived to the crowd that had booed him all game.

    Stackhouse isn't remembered fondly in the nation's capital, and he made the memories sting a little more Friday night with his 17 points off the bench in the Dallas Mavericks' 104-94 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    "Yeah, you know what I'm saying: Keep it coming, keep it coming," said Stackhouse, explaining his wave. "It's all good."

    Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points apiece for the Mavericks, but they could have had 50 each and not generated the scorn directed at Stackhouse, who grumbled his way through two disappointing seasons in Washington before he was traded to Dallas in 2004.

    If anything, though, the fans get Stackhouse motivated. He had 28 points when the Mavericks visited last season.

    "And I had a pretty good game tonight," he said. "Hopefully they'll continue it next year. Makes me feel like the guy again."

    Terry went 10-for-16 from the field, while Nowitzki was 10-for-19 against a variety of Wizards defenders. Nowitzki also had 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Mavericks shot 50 percent to win their third straight and sixth in seven games, and they remained ahead of San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference.

    The Wizards, who had won three straight, have played well against the NBA's best teams this season -- they are 3-0 vs. Detroit and San Antonio -- but Dallas is an exception. The Mavericks beat Washington in Dallas 103-97 on Feb. 15 and have won 12 of 15 in the series, including five straight.

    "We didn't play as hard as they did," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "They made shots. They played harder, longer. They're just a better team than we are."

    Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points, Antawn Jamison had 21, and Caron Butler 18 -- and all three played at least 44 minutes. Antonio Daniels chipped in with 17 points, but the rest of the roster combined for only 12.

    "The Big Three got a little bit fatigued," Jordan said. "We've got to get some more production off the bench, whether it's rebounds or steals or stops."

    Leading 52-50 at halftime, the Mavericks opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run and didn't lead by fewer than five points the rest of the game. Terry made two jumpers, Stackhouse made two, and Nowitzki made one in an 11-2 run that built a 73-59 lead in the third quarter.

    The Wizards cut the lead to eight early in the fourth on a baseline drive by Daniels, but a 9-0 run that put the Mavericks ahead by 17.

    "Jason came out firing, man," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "That's the Jason Terry that I see. I sleep good at night when he shoots the ball. I know he's not going to make every shot, but when he's aggressive to score that's one of the ways I sleep good. I don't elbow my wife when he shoots like that, so I hope he continues to do that so I can sleep good."

    Game notes

    Shot of the game, even though it didn't count: In the third quarter, Arenas chased down a loose ball and flung it some 50 feet into the basket with a swish just before the shot clock expired. However, he had crossed the midcourt line to get the ball, so he was called for a backcourt violation. ... Dallas remains without Josh Howard (strained hamstring), Devin Harris (strained thigh), Adrian Griffin (strained right hamstring) and Keith Van Horn (strained left knee). ... Wizards G Billy Thomas was signed for the remainder of the season. He has been with the team since Feb. 24 on a pair of 10-day contracts. He has played in one game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 94
    FGM-FGA 40-80 (.500) 39-88 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 19-22 (.864) 11-15 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-45 17-35
    Assists 23 18
    Turnovers 11 12
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 11 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 7

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 25
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 26
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0