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Washington Vs. Mavericks: Wizards Hanging in at the Half

Well, the Washington Wizards lost another lead on the road, but luckily this one was just to end of the first half. The Dallas Mavericks closed the half  on a 10-4 run and went into the break leading  the Wizards by a score of 50-49.

The Wizards didn't play flawless ball, but they took care of the basketball (one turnover) and enjoyed a lead for much of the half. Rashard Lewis (13 points, 2 of 4 3PT) and John Wall (10 points) have paced the offense. Yi has also played well as a small-ball center off the bench with eight points, six rebounds and three (!) steals.

After struggling against the Grizzlies on Saturday, Nick Young has not found his rhythm at the offensive end. Young has shot 2 for 9 from the field -- matching his final line from Saturday -- and has just five points. He did however have a spectacular block in which he made a no-look pass to a teammate to save the ball from going out of bounds (video to come, hopefully.)

On the other side, opposing big men are once again wounding the Wizards. Dirk Nowitzki has 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Tyson Chandler has 13 points and 10 rebounds already.

Aside, Brian Cardinal was a revelation in the opening minutes, hitting a pair of threes, and hit a three late in the second quarter. Cross your fingers for more Cardinal in the second half, guys. This could be a magical night for all of us if he gets going.