Highlights: Mavericks 105, Wizards 95
Bradley Beal lost his touch, and multiple players for the Dallas Mavericks found theirs as they beat the Wizards for the sixth consecutive time Tuesday at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs didn't need much from Dirk Nowitzki, who passed Jerry West (25,192) and moved to 16th all-time on the NBA's scoring list. He scored 19 points on 8-for-19 shooting.
Samuel Dalembert got them off to a fast start by scoring 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter, and Monta Ellis got hot in the fourth to smother the Wizards' comeback when they cut the deficit to 89-84.
Ellis, who scored a team-high 19 points for Dallas, had eight of the next 10 points in that stretch. Beal couldn't contain him, and when the Wizards put their best one-on-one defender on Ellis with Trevor Ariza, it still didn't matter.
The Wizards (2-5) have lost two games in a row.
John Wall had 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Marcin Gortat shot 6-for-11 to finish with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Beal, who scored a career-high 34 in a 106-105 overtime loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, shot just 2-for-10 for nine points. He did have seven assists.
Turning point: The Mavs trailed 34-33 after the first quarter but blew it open by going on a 16-4 run to begin the second. When the Wizards cut the deficit to four, a pair of three-pointers from Jose Calderon and Vince Carter stretched it back to double digits by halftime at 61-49 and the Mavs never lost their lead.
Best in show: Ariza. He had a game-high 27 points in making 10 of 17 shots, including 5 of 11 three-pointers, as he was set up in the corners mostly by Wall time after time. He also has seven rebounds and four steals.
Needs improvement: Kevin Seraphin. When Nene and Gortat leave the game, Seraphin has to be effective. Instead, he earned three fouls in three minutes before the first quarter ended and went to the bench. He was replaced by Trevor Booker, who saw his first action since Nov. 3. Seraphin never re-entered and Booker only played five minutes.
Foul shooting: The Wizards shot 13-for-26 from the line in their one-point loss to the Thunder. They weren't that bad in Dallas, going 20-for-29 but Nene is now 12-for-24 in his last two games.
Finally: Jan Vesely and Glen Rice made their first appearances this season with 1:19 left in the game. Rice buried his first bucket as a pro, a three-pointer.
Up next: The Wizards complete their first back-to-backs of the season, and this three-game road trip, at the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday ( CSN, 8:30 p.m ET).-