Wednesday , Dec , 03 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Home sweet home for Mavs

(Sports Network) – It wasn’t pretty for Dallas on Tuesday, but when it was
all said and done the Mavericks rolled to a 25-point victory over the
Washington Wizards, despite a horrendous night shooting the ball.

Dallas, which defeated the Wizards 97-72, was a miserable 41.7-percent from
the floor and even worse from beyond the arc, where it missed on 11-of-
its-13 attempts.

“Sometimes you play as poor as the team you’re playing and I thought that was
the case tonight,” Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. “Some things may have led
to that.”

The win improved the Mavericks to 10-0 this season at American Airlines
Center, where Dallas is unbeaten in its last 13 dating back to an April 3
loss to the Lakers.

Dallas knows it will have to get better, and in a hurry, with the high-flying
Los Angeles Lakers coming to town on Thursday.

“We can’t play like this and beat the Lakers, we know that,” said Antawn
Jamison, who had a team-high 21 points. “You win by 20-something and something
must be going right. But we’ll have to be better Thursday.”

Dallas was again without star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who missed his third
straight game with a right ankle injury and will likely sit out Thursday’s
Western Conference clash.

With Nowitzki out of the lineup the Mavs have struggled from the floor,
connecting at a 38.8-percent clip.

“I haven’t pinpointed it to Dirk,” Nelson told the Dallas Morning News. “[A
lot of Mavericks] haven’t been very consistent. We’re not alone. It’s hard for
a lot of teams to make shots. I wouldn’t say I’m not alarmed. But I don’t know
what to do about it, other than do shooting drills.”

Dallas, though, should have forward Danny Fortson back in the lineup on
Thursday after he served the final game of his three-game suspension for his
flagrant foul against Phoenix forward Zarko Cabarkapa.