The Dallas Mavericks had an impressive game shooting the ball in this one, going 41-78 (52.6%) from the field, including 14-28 (50.0%) from three-point range, in a 107-90 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas (21-16) gets one in the win column after losing to San Antonio on Wednesday.
Dirk Nowitzki put up 24 points on 10-19 shooting, including 4-8 on 3-point attempts. He recorded 3 steals also. Other key players for Dallas included Monta Ellis with 23 points and 8 assists, and Jose Calderon with 11 points and 6 assists. Eric Gordon had another strong game for New Orleans despite the loss, putting up 27 points on 9-13 shooting (2-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-7 from the free throw line.
As expected, the offense of Dallas was able to find success (61.5% eFG%) against a defense for New Orleans that has had its struggles, ranking fifth-worst in the NBA at forcing missed shots (51.6% opponents' eFG%). Along with their eFG% of 61.5%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 8-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pelicans are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
New Orleans (15-20) has now dropped their last four in a row.
Coming up, the Mavericks will square off with the Pelicans again on Saturday again.