NBA: Barnes blast as Mavericks put spell on Wizards
Washington: Harrison Barnes poured on 31 points as the Dallas Mavericks made a mockery of the form book with an upset victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.
The Mavs, owners of a league-worst 1-10 record heading into the game, made sure of a 113-99 win after producing a late fourth quarter run.
Dennis Smith posted 22 points and Wesley Matthews added 14 as the Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak in style.
Dallas had led 64-53 at halftime and opened up a 16-point lead at one stage in the second half.
However they were given a scare when Washington closed to 90-88 with 9:09 remaining.
Yet Dallas responded with a 15-5 run to clinch a deserved win for the Texas franchise.
Washington's scoring was led by John Wall with 23 points and 14 assists. It was a solid return for Wall who had sat out Washington's win in Toronto on Sunday after suffering a shoulder niggle.
Bradley Beal also produced for Washington, finishing with 23 points. Washington, however, were left ruing their inability to put up decent numbers, making only only 42.7 percent from the field against one of the league's worst defenses.
The defeat was the Wizards' third straight home loss and their fifth in seven games. Washington fell to 5-5 with the loss.