The Wizards set season lows for scoring and field goal percentage (31.8) on Monday as their seven-game winning streak came to an end with a 101-73 loss to San Antonio.
Leading scorer Gilbert Arenas missed all 12 of his shots and finished with a season-low three points. Antawn Jamison scored just six points for the Wizards, who had scored at least 100 in each of their previous 10 games.
Arenas, a 6-foot-3 point guard who is averaging 22.6 points per game, fingered San Antonio’s stingy defense as the reason for the Wizards’ shooting woes.
“They didn’t let us do anything,” said Arenas, who is shooting just 19.2 percent from the field over his last three contests. “We couldn’t get a good look or an easy look.”
The Wizards are still getting adapted to life without of second-leading scorer Larry Hughes, who will miss the next four to six weeks with a broken right thumb. The 6-5 shooting guard had been averaging 21.2 points, a team-high 5.3 assists and a league-best 2.8 steals per game.
“We always said that Gilbert and Larry play so well together,” Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. “I don’t know if (Hughes’ absence) affected Gilbert. He didn’t shoot the ball well, but I thought he tried to run the team the right way.”
Jarvis Hayes scored a career-high 27 points for the Wizards, who are allowing 100.4 points per game, tied with Orlando for most in the NBA.
Averaging 31.3 points in six games this month, Nowitzki finished with 26 and 12 rebounds in the Mavericks’ 98-93 victory over New Jersey on Saturday. The 7-foot forward briefly left the game with a slightly sprained left ankle but returned after X-rays came back negative.
”(Nowitzki) can go out there on two broken ankles and still shoot the ball,” said teammate Jerry Stackhouse, who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. “When we get in a little lull, he’s the guy we look to to make the big shot.”
Nowitzki, who has played in 478 career games, is two points shy of becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach 10,000. Only Mark Aguirre reached that milestone faster, doing so in 406 games.
Washington leads the all-time series 26-21, but Dallas has won nine of the last 12 meetings.