WASHINGTON (AP)—Jerry Stackhouse found himself in a starring role against his former team.
Stackhouse scored 28 points against his former team, including three 3-pointers during a pivotal 23-6 run in the fourth quarter, to help Dallas win for the seventh time in eight games, a 122-113 victory over the Wizards.
Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who won despite four Wizards starters scoring at least 20 points.
With Michael Finley on the injured list with a sprained ankle, Stackhouse— who accepted a reserve role after being traded to Dallas—has been called upon to carry more of the scoring. He also had 28 points against New Jersey on Saturday.
“He’s been giving us a big lift, especially now that Mike’s out,” Nowitzki said of Stackhouse. “We need somebody who can come up and score for us and he was big in the last two games.
“I think he’s going to win a lot of games for us this year.”
It was the first game between the two teams since the draft-day trade that sent Stackhouse, Christian Laettner and the draft rights to Devin Harris to Dallas for Antawn Jamison, winner of last season’s sixth man of the year award.
Jamison led a balanced Wizards attack with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Larry Hughes also had 23 and Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood added 20 apiece to help Washington become the first team to score 100 points against Dallas this season. The last time four Wizards scored 20 or more points in a game was Feb. 6, 2004, in a 112-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Arenas had nine of the team’s 29 assists.
“That’s a good sign,” Jamison said. “It shows you how we look for the open guy, we’re unselfish, and that’s the way basketball should be played. But there is also a second part of it. You have to find a way to do it on the other end.
“When you play a team like that you have to be clicking defensively,” added Jamison, whose Wizards are 0-4 when they allow more than 100 points. “We had a lot of breakdowns, especially down the stretch, and they got some open looks.”
Stackhouse, who was booed every time he shot the ball in the first half, said he likes his reserve role in Dallas.
“People try to make it more than what it is,” Stackhouse said. “I’ve got a lot of love for those guys over in that locker room and obviously at the end of the game you saw they had a lot of love for me despite everything that’s gone on. I feel like I’m in a better place, a place where I’m supposed to be.”
Jason Terry, the Mavericks’ other sixth man, had 13 points and 11 assists. Dallas’ reserves countered Washington’s quartet of 20-point scorers by outscoring the Wizards’ 50-13.
“You can go back a lot of games and very seldom do you lose when you have four guys score 20 or more,” Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. “They had balanced scoring, they hurt us in a lot of different ways, but our offense was crisp tonight.”
Jared Jeffries’ 3-pointer with 7:43 remaining gave Washington its last lead at 98-95. The Mavericks followed with seven consecutive points to take the lead, then added a 10-0 spurt to seize control.
After the Mavericks took a nine-point lead at halftime, the Wizards took a 77-76 lead on a 3-pointer from the corner by Jarvis Hayes. Nowitzki answered with a free throw and back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Mavericks an 83-77 lead with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Wizards fought back to tie it at 89-all entering the fourth on Juan Dixon’s jumper and 3-pointer.
Stackhouse scored 12 points in the second quarter to help the Mavericks open up an 11-point lead.
Jamison extended his league-leading games played streak to 335. … The Wizards’ 30 points in the first quarter were a season high. … Haywood had a career-high five steals.