The Mavericks had won all six home games of this young season until Caron Butler led a hot Washington team into Dallas. The former UConn standout scored 35 points as the Wizards handed the Mavericks a 110-98 defeat. Dirk Nowitzki did all he could, recording 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but the rest of the team struggled, reports the AP.
The Wizards were without their best player, Gilbert Arenas, for their sixth straight game—but have recorded a 4-2 record during that stretch. Arenas is expected to miss three months following recent knee surgery. Dallas now has lost three straight games to Eastern Conference competition after compiling a 27-3 record against them last season.