The Dallas Mavericks aren't expected to win many games on the road, so any victory is a big one. The Mavericks, however, really did win big Saturday, blowing the Washington Wizards away 103-77.
"We gave no effort. It was a waste," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We played with no intensity, as if it was an automatic win."
The mood was a little different in the Mavericks locker room.
"Break up the Mavericks," Dallas coach Don Nelson joked after his team won its second road game in 23 tries since he took over Dec. 4.
Dallas improved its overall record to 11-46 and its road mark to 4-25.
"I told the team that winning is so much fun, let's do some more of it," Nelson said.
Rod Strickland led the Wizards with 27 points and nine assists, but Washington couldn't overcome a season-low 34.1 percent (28-for-82) shooting from the field.
"I don't think we were taking them lightly. We just had a rough night," Strickland said.
Cedric Ceballos, making his first start since being traded to the Mavericks from Phoenix on Feb. 18, had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
"(Ceballos) brings a lot of maturity," teammate Hubert Davis said. "He's only been here a week, but everyone is taking a liking to him."
Green, playing all 48 minutes, extended his NBA-record consecutive game streak to 953.
"We got a lot of this junk out finally tonight," said Green, who admitted he thought about coming out of the game in the final quarter. "I saw that gas station five times, but I couldn't pull over."
The 24-point victory was the Mavericks' biggest margin of the season.
Chris Webber finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Wizards.
Washington led by eight points four minutes into the game, but the Wizards went cold and Dallas scored the final eight points of the first quarter to take a 29-21 lead.
Ceballos, who had 30 points in his first three games with Dallas, scored 16 on 7-for-10 shooting in the first half.
Dallas led 54-39 at the half, and by the time the Mavericks had a 21-point lead in the third quarter, the MCI Center was filled with a chorus of boos.
"We had one stretch in the tird quarter when we tried to make a run, but we stunk up the place," Bickerstaff said.
Notes: Wizards forward Juwan Howard missed his ninth straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... Shawn Bradley finished with 11 rebounds for Dallas. The 7-foot-6 center got in a third-quarter shoving match with the 6-3 Strickland. ... It was the Mavericks' first win over the Wizards since 1995. ... The Wizards' previous biggest loss was a 22-point loss to New York in November. ... Washington tied a season-low with 77 total points. Atlanta also limited the Wizards to 77 on Jan. 9.
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