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.