Riding high off a three-game road sweep, the Mavericks beat New
Orleans 108-89 at American Airlines Center for their seventh
consecutive win over the Pelicans.
Dallas guard Monta Ellis scored 23, forward Dirk Nowitzki added 18
and swingman Vince Carter added 17 points off the bench. The
Mavericks (36-23) shot 51.9 percent, outscored New Orleans 58-40 in
second and third quarters to take control of the game, and moved
into sixth place in the Western Conference.
"We've done better over the last couple of weeks, but we've got a
long way to go," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's all going to
be coming fast and furious. The home games are obviously of great
importance. Chicago coming in (Friday) is going to be another hard,
physical game. We're going to have to be ready for that.
"Tonight is the first time in a while we got beat on the boards
(40-34), so that is not a good sign. So we'll have to make that
correction before Friday because Chicago is one of the best
rebounding teams in the league."
The injury-ravaged Pelicans (23-34) suffered another blow in the
second quarter when they lost forward Anthony Davis. New Orleans'
leading scorer and rebounder left the floor and didn't return after
spraining his left shoulder battling for an offensive board.
Davis' status was uncertain after the game.
"We don't know much right now," New Orleans coach Monty Williams
said. "He's talking to doctors, and we'll find out more tomorrow
after he's had more testing done."
In addition to losing Davis, New Orleans committed 21 turnovers and
endured a dismal 8-for-19 showing at the foul line, spoiling 50.7
percent shooting from the floor. New Orleans suffered its fifth
straight loss and seventh in eight games.
"Turnovers killed us," Williams said. "We looked at the stat sheet,
and we shot 50 percent from the field, 45 (percent) from (3-point
range), got more free-throw attempts, but just gave up 21
possessions for 30 points.
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"You can't do that against any team. It's almost like the same story
from the last game (123-110 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers). We
turned the ball over and they scored, and we let our spirit get down
a lot and weren't able to dig out of the hole."
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon led the visitors with 19 points. Guard
Brian Roberts scored 17, and center Alexis Ajinca had 14 points
filling in for Davis off the bench.
Dallas swept the season series over New Orleans 4-0 for the first
time since the 2006-07 season. The Mavericks have won 23 of the last
26 meetings between the clubs in Dallas.
The Mavericks were on their way to the latest victory after
extending their lead in the third quarter. Dallas went up double
digits for the first time at 67-56 on guard Jose Calderon's
3-pointer off the break.
The lead went past 20 points in the fourth, as Dallas cruised to a
fourth win in a row. The Mavericks are 10-2 since beating New
Orleans on Jan. 10. Three of those wins are over the Pelicans.
"We are coming along at the right time," Ellis said. "I think
everybody is tuned in and accepting their role of what they need to
do to help us win. The biggest thing is that everyone is playing
The Mavericks took a 49-43 lead into the locker room by finishing
the half with a 22-9 run. Carter led all scorers at the break with
11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
NOTES: The Mavericks received a scare early when F Dirk Nowitzki
left the game in the first minute after appearing to hurt his left
shoulder. The All-Star was fine, returning to the game minutes
later. "The shoulder just sometimes comes in and out a little bit,
but all it does is tingle a little for a couple of minutes,"
Nowitzki said. "I walked it off in the tunnel and was able to finish
the game." ... Dallas' 110-107 win over New Orleans on Jan. 11 ended
in controversial fashion, as Pelicans G Austin Rivers appeared to
get fouled on a 3-point try at the end the game. "We felt like he
got fouled," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "It just didn't
bounce our way." The league later said a foul should have been
called. ... Dallas is 9-2 in February. Only three of the Mavericks'
11 opponents in that stretch had a winning record.
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