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
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
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."
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.