Quick Take: Mavericks Hold Off Cavaliers, End Road Skid (Dallas Mavericks 2012-2013)

The Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers played nip-and tuck through 3 ½ quarters even while the Cavs were missing Kyrie Irving for much of the game.   Dallas established its second seven point lead with 3:43 left in the game but a three-pointer by Irving cut the lead back to three points with under two minutes left.  Dallas fought back and managed to hang on and extend the lead for a 103-95 victory.

The Mavs were bolstered by a strong team effort including six players in double figures.  O. J. Mayo had 19 points and 3 assists while Chris Kaman proved to be the difference maker with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.  Overall the Mavs shot well (50.4%) and outrebounded the Cavs 42-38, which helped them overcome another game with too many turnovers (20).

Despite missing part of the game with concerns over a possible hand injury, Irving led the Cavs with 26 points.  former Texas Longhorn Tristan Thompson added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Mavs stopped their road skid and improved to 6-5 while the Cavs fell to 2-7.  Full report tomorrow on The Smoking Cuban.


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