DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 30 points in a game-turning run that ended the third quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks won their seventh straight game with a 107-80 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Gilbert Arenas, coming off a 45-point performance in Washington’s last game, already had 26 when he made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 9:29 left in the third quarter.

Then the Wizards went cold, missing 10 straight shots. By time DeShawn Stevenson drove for a basket in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, the Wizards were down by 12 points.

After Arenas’ 3-pointer, Nowitzki responded with one of his own to tie the game at 58. That started a 21-6 run over the remainder of the third quarter that put the Mavericks firmly in control.

The Mavericks haven’t lost since following their trip to the NBA finals by starting 0-4 for the first time. Their winning streak is the longest in the NBA, one more than Utah, which was off Tuesday night.

Washington is winless in its first five road games, the latest it has gone this deep in the season without a road victory since 1999-00. The Wizards play in Houston on Wednesday night.

Arenas finished with 29 points.

AP-ES-11-21-06 2256EST



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