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It was the first game in Dallas started together by the 7-foot Kaman and Elton Brand, Mavs newcomers who were past teammates with the Los Angeles Clippers. After three subpar games in a row, Carlisle wanted to shake up his lineup still missing injured starters Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.
Brand had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jae Crowder, the rookie who had started the previous four games, scored 12 points off the bench.
The Wizards were within 37-33 when Emeka Okafor made a 7-foot turnaround jumper with just under 7 minutes left in the first half.
Brand then made both free throws after being fouled by Okafor to start a 15-2 run. And the Mavericks made 10 of their next 12 shots for a 63-45 halftime lead.
It was the first 40-point quarter this season for the Mavericks.
NOTES: Wizrards starting guard AJ Price sprained his right ankle. He finished with 11 points. ... Marion missed his fifth consecutive game because of a sprained left knee. Coach Rick Carlisle says Marion is getting closer to returning, but still isn't sure if he will make the trip for back-to-back games this weekend at Indiana and Cleveland. ... Nowitzki is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery before the season. ... Dallas has won five in a row against Washington since October 2009, and 16 of 21 overall. ... There was an announced crowd of 19,560, which was the team's 437th consecutive sellout -- despite obvious blocks of empty seats throughout the arena.
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