The Wizards could not get the New Year's Day win, falling to the Mavs at home, 87-78. The Wizards had won five of their last six going into this one while the Mavs finish up a three game road trip sweep, with wins over Chicago, Minnesota and Washington. Both teams struggled offensively in this one, with neither team shooting over 40% from the field. The game was back and forth just about the entire second half, with the Mavs getting the last run of the game and pulling ahead late. Trevor Booker finished with a career high 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points while John Wall had his eighth straight game with 20 or more points, finishing with 22. Monta Ellis led all scorers with 23.
The second half was back and forth the entire way until the last four plus minutes when the Mavs made their move. The Mavs closed the game on a 17-4 run, as the Wizards went ice cold from the field. Monta Ellis put the finishing touches on the win by making all six of his free throw attempts in the final 20 seconds.
Player of the Game
While the Wizards couldn't find the victory, Trevor Booker certainly shined. He grabbed a career high 19 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive end and added 10 points for the double-double.
21-7. The Mavs made 14 more free throws than the Wizards did, and got to the line 13 more times, which made the difference.
Marcin Gortat was the only Wizard other than Booker to shoot better than 50% from the field, finishing with 12 points on 6/11 shooting, five boards, a pair of blocks and a team high +8 rating.
By: Jacob Raim