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WASHINGTON -- Dirk Nowitzki is the 13th-leading scorer in NBA history. [url=http://www.patriotsfootballfansonline.com/Black-Antonio-Garcia-Patriots-Jersey.html?cat=948]Antonio Garcia Jersey[/url] . On Wednesday night, in his words, he was reduced to "an expensive decoy." Nowitzki was held to a season-low nine points, and missed 11 of 14 shots from the field, but the Dallas Mavericks still beat the Washington Wizards 87-78. Monta Ellis scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Vince Carter had 13 as the Mavericks won despite equaling their season low in points. "It was an ugly game. I think we set the NBA back a couple years today," Nowitzki said. He rolled his left ankle in the games first minute, for "probably the 200th time in my career," Nowitzki said. "It was obvious that I wasnt moving well. I didnt get any elevation on my jumper." The key to the game was Dallas holding Washington scoreless for more than 4 minutes late in the game. The Wizards led 74-70 with 4:58 to play, but the Mavericks scored nine straight points on a 3-pointer by Carter, a hook shoot by Brandan Wright, two free throws by Carter and a jumper by Ellis to give Dallas a 79-74 lead with 2:14 to play. Washington didnt score again until John Wall, who led the Wizards with 22 points, made two free throws with 46 seconds to play. The Mavericks won despite shooting just 38.5 per cent, but they held Washington to 37.5 per cent. "It was a beautiful game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle laughed. "It was such a competitive game, up and down the stretch, whoever won was going to be the survivor." Trevor Booker had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Washington. "We wasted a good defensive effort," coach Randy Wittman said. It was Dallas fourth straight win on the road and their eighth straight over the Wizards (14-15), who failed in their attempt to rise above .500 for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009. It was the second time this season Washington failed to get over the .500 mark. "Its a great opportunity in front of us, and we continue to get there and we just lay an egg in the next game," Wizards guard Bradley Beal said. Beal, who shot 4 for 13, was pleased that Washington thwarted Nowitzki. "Whenever you can hold a great scorer like that down to a minimum, you always love your chances," Beal said. Ellis, who signed with the Mavericks as a free agent last summer, was a career 77 per cent free throw shooter. This season, hes boosted his percentage to 83, and on Wednesday made 9 of 10. "I thought tonight was Monta Ellis best game with us. He had such great command of the game offensively. He was under control, he was finding people," Carlisle said. Ellis hit all six of his free throws in the fourth quarter. "I want to get better, for that opportunity down the stretch to make those free throws, because I know theyre going to put the ball in my hands," Ellis said. In its last game, Dallas escaped with a win at Minnesota on Monday. On Tuesday, the NBA released a statement saying that the Timberwolves Kevin Love should have been awarded two free throws late in a two-point Mavericks win. Shawn Marion should have been assessed a foul, the NBA said. The Mavericks finished the first quarter Wednesday on a 15-5 run to take a 25-20 lead. Washington went on a 9-0 run to take a 36-35 lead with 3:48 to play in the first half. The Wizards led 42-39 at halftime. The Wizards led through nearly the entire third quarter, surrendering the lead briefly on a 9-0 Dallas run, but led 61-59 after three. Wall, who had seven rebounds and five assists, but tied a season high with seven turnovers, left the court with about 3 minutes to play in the first quarter. His left eye was cut and after the game he continued to wear a bandage. Wall said he was elbowed in the eye in a scrum, but wasnt sure who hit him. "I just know there was four of us down there," Wall said. NOTES: Carlisle declined comment on the NBAs statement about Mondays game. ... Washington swingman Glen Rice, who had surgery on his right wrist last month, had the sutures removed from it Tuesday, Wittman said. ... This was the second consecutive year the Mavericks and Wizards played on New Years Day in Washington. [url=http://www.patriotsfootballfansonline.com/Black-Antonio-Garcia-Patriots-Jersey.html?cat=948]Antonio Garcia Patriots Jersey[/url] . Footballs governing body said Tuesday that of the 2,577,662 tickets allocated for this years tournament, 1,041,418 have gone to people in Brazil. The U. [url=http://www.patriotsfootballfansonline.com/Black-Derek-Rivers-Patriots-Jersey.html?cat=949]Derek Rivers Jersey[/url] . Beanballs were the theme Friday night as the Red Sox and Rays had another AL East rumble, with Boston earning a 3-2 victory on A. 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Being three behind Seattle would carry with it a less appealing stench. With less than 40 games to go, this is one of those swing games in the standings. “I think this is a big game for us, I really do,” said manager John Gibbons. “You dont want to come in here and get swept. They shut us down pretty good the last two games. We made a little run late last night but we came up short. Its a big game for us. Its the team we came in here tied with. Its a big game for us.” After a 15-11 July, the Blue Jays are 3-8 in August. Theyve scored only 30 runs, an average of 2.7 runs per game. Thats not going to get it done. Part of the clubs recent struggles has to do with the quality of starting pitching its faced. Toronto hung close when last years Cy Young award winner, Max Scherzer, started for the Tigers on Saturday and came back to win against relievers Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain. On Sunday, the Jays trailed 5-0 in the sixth against David Price but slowly chipped away, tying the game off of Chamberlain with two outs in the ninth and then winning in a franchise-record setting 19 innings. Outings against Seattles “King” Felix Hernandez on Monday and Chris Young on Tuesday were less favourable. Baseballs daily grind is a blessing to players in this respect: theres no time to cling to the sorrow of a difficult loss the night before. [url=http://www.patriotsfootballfansonline.com/Black-Deatrich-Wise-Jr-Patriots-Jersey.html?cat=950]Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey[/url]. “I feel like every time this team wins a game, we could win 10 in a row and every time we lose, it stings a lot and you wonder if youre going to be able to get out of that rut the next day or not,” said Janssen. “We played a good series against Detroit and Im sure everyone was hoping that would carry over into this series. Say what you will about 19 innings and traveling across the country, the last two games havent gone our way. Credit those guys for their pitching performances.” Entering Wednesdays action, the Tigers and Mariners were on pace to win 87 games. The Orioles, the AL East leader, stood to achieve 93 victories. The Jays need to go 27-14 to win 90 games, 24-17 to win 87. The players focus is on winning series. “If we can take two out of three the rest of the way, well be in good shape,” said Janssen. “You dont want to get into breaking down the numbers because sometimes that can seem like a taller task than take the series, take the series, take the series and see where you end up at the end of the day.” What if the Jays lose in Seattle on Wednesday? What if they get swept in front of a hometown crowd in a faraway place? “The seasons not over,” said Janssen. No Change in Rotation Despite off days on Thursday, Monday and next Thursday, John Gibbons wont be changing the order of his starting rotation. There was some thought to giving the young kids, Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman, some extra down time, but that wont be happening. Stroman, Mark Buehrle and Hutchison will go as scheduled beginning on Friday when the Jays open a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox. J.A. Happ and R.A. Dickey will then start in the two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers starting next Tuesday. 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