Barnes, Smith help Mavericks outlast Hornets

Reuters

Harrison Barnes scored nine straight points late in the fourth quarter and Dennis Smith Jr. helped ice the game at the free throw line to help the Dallas Mavericks survive the Charlotte Hornets in a 115-111 win Wednesday night at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

Barnes' turnaround jumper with 6:10 remaining broke a 94-all tie and sparked a 16-10 run to put the Mavericks ahead 110-104 with 1:18 left. He finished with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Charlotte (15-24) fought back to pull within 111-110 on Kemba Walker's three-point play with 31.7 seconds to go, but Smith hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 ticks left to restore a three-point lead, and the Mavs held on from there.

Walker finished with a game-high 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting.

Smith, a native of Fayetteville, N.C. who played college hoops at NC State, sank 5 of 6 free throws in the final 2:32 and finished with 15 points and six assists in his first regular-season NBA game in his home state.

"Not exactly Fayetteville, but (being) in North Carolina it's a great feeling," Smith, the ninth overall pick in last year's draft, told reporters before the game.

Yogi Ferrell had 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 as Dallas (15-28) won its second straight game following a three-game skid.

Dwight Howard totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds, Jeremy Lamb scored 12 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 11 for Charlotte, which had won two in a row.

Charlotte's Cody Zeller missed his 16th straight game with a meniscus tear in his left knee.

Dallas led 83-77 entering the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lamb's 3-pointer tied the game at 88 with 9:10 remaining to cap an 11-5 quarter-opening run for Charlotte.

The Mavericks broke the game open with a 39-point second period, its fifth such quarter of the season, to give Dallas a 59-52 halftime lead. Charlotte was ahead 28-20 after one.

Charlotte plays the second leg of its three-game homestand Friday against Utah. Dallas returns home to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

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