23 Dec 2009

Mavs account for Cavs despite no Nowitzki

11:14 am on 23 December 2009

The Dallas Mavericks have climbed to the second best record in NBA's western conference with their 102-95 victory over fellow divisional leaders the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Mavericks have now won 20 of 28 games this season, the latest win even more impressive considering they were forced to play without their All-Star forward and team leading point scorer,. Dirk Nowitzki.

Tim Thomas replaced Nowitzki and scored 22 points and says the victory was down to team spirit.