Kuzma scores 36 to lead Wizards past Mavericks 113-105

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Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) shoots over Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie, from left, center Dwight Powell and guard Luka Doncic, of Slovenia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 36 points, and the Washington Wizards overcame the absence of Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis to beat the Dallas Mavericks 113-105.

Rui Hachimura added 23 points for Washington, which was missing Beal because of health and safety protocols and Porzingis because of a left groin strain.

Mavs jumped out to an early lead

The Wizards fell behind 22-8 but quickly rallied and eventually pulled away thanks to a trio of 3-pointers by Kuzma early in the fourth. Former Wizard Spencer Dinwiddie led Dallas with 33 points and Luka Doncic contributed 22.

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The Mavericks have lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.