WASHINGTON -- Dirk Nowitzki is the 13th-leading scorer in NBA history. Wholesale Balenciaga China . 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. Discount Balenciaga Shoes . -- The Orlando Magic finally are showing the patience in critical moments that coach Jacque Vaughn has been waiting for all season. Cheap Balenciaga Free Shipping . Fielder ended 4-for-5 with a solo homer, while Avila was 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Tigers, who put the brakes on a three-game skid and rebounded from a loss in Mondays opener. Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson both contributed two hits, an RBI and a run scored as Detroit maintained its healthy lead atop the AL Central. http://www.balenciagacheap.com/ . The Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal sustained minor damage during the protests, but demonstrators stayed away on Sunday and officials said the stadium passed its first test, with only minor adjustments needed going forward.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Lionel Hollins had been trying to get a struggling Mason Plumlee to look like the player who won a gold medal with the U.S. national team in the Basketball World Cup.With his coach counting on him more while starting centre Brook Lopez recuperated from a lower back strain, Plumlee put everything aside and went to work.Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Plumlee added 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 102-96 on Tuesday night.Mason did a conscious decision to go and just play and not worry about what I say. If I yell at him, if I take him out of the game, just go play. His confidence is rising, Hollins said.Denver led 85-78 with 9 minutes left after Kenneth Faried capped an 8-0 run with two free throws.Plumlee, whose name recently surfaced in trade rumours involving the Sacramento Kings, ignited Brooklyns 19-4 run by scoring six points, grabbing four rebounds and blocking a pair of shots as the Nets took a 97-89 advantage on Johnsons turnaround fadeaway jumper with 2:41 remaining.You are just in the moment, in the zone, (as) some people say, but its just a great feeling, Plumlee said. You just feel like you are anticipating things on defence, where youre supposed to be on offence and things just come easy.Lopez played eight minutes and had six points and four rebounds in a reserve role. The Nets can afford to take it slow with him since Plumlee has played so well in his absence. The second-year centre shot 9 of 14 from the field and also blocked three shots.Its a good feeling, but its just something to build on, Plumlee said. Im not where I want to be. Its a step in the right direction. It feels good to where I was at. Its still ways to go.Plumlee failed at flashing his passing game, a behind-the-back pass going awry and off his foot.Masons been great, man. His energy, his effort, taking the challenge and playing some of the premier 4s and 5s in this league, Johnson said. Cheap Balenciaga Shoes Online. I think hes been doing a tremendous job filling in for the absences of Brook.Jarrett Jack, who started at the point in place of an injured Deron Williams, had 17 points and eight assists. Sergey Karasev added 12 points for the Nets, who won their second straight game and improved to 11-2 against sub-.500 teams.Ty Lawson led Denver with 29 points and had nine assists. Faried chipped in 20 points and 14 boards for the Nuggets, who lost their second straight game and have dropped nine of 12.After Plumlees four straight points trimmed the lead to 85-82 with 8:08 left, Denver coach Brian Shaw called a timeout and removed Faried. By the time Faried came back in, Brooklyn already had a 97-89 lead.I think Mason did a great job just raising the energy level and getting the crowd involved, Faried said. At home, when you do that, guys get involved and it seems like the rim is as big as the ocean. It seemed like everything they put up went in.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver is 5-8 in back-to-back games this season and dropped to 2-5 in the second end of games on consecutive nights.Nets: Johnson was 4 of 5 from 3-point range. The rest of the team was 2 for 18. ... Brooklyn was outrebounded 51-39. . The Nets allowed Denver to shoot 22 for 43 in the first half but held the Nuggets to 14 for 39 from the field in the second half.FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAMLopez, who signed a four-year, $60 million extension in the summer of 2012 but can opt out of it at the end of the season, is receptive to coming off the bench if Hollins decides to leave Plumlee as his starter. Plumlee has averaged 18.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over his last seven games, all starts. Whatever the situation is, I am going to do it. Im a coachable guy. Im team first, Lopez said.UP NEXTNuggets: Host Minnesota on Friday.Nets: Visit Boston on Friday. ' ' '