Pelicans at Mavericks recap: Doncic, Porzingis catch fire, light up Pelicans

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Nicholas Schwartz
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In a matchup that more closely resembled a typical NBA All-Star game than a typical regular-season contest, the Dallas Mavericks outsniped the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night from 3-point range and won by 13 in a high-scoring shootout.

Zion Williamson made Pelicans history and went perfect from the field in the first half to keep New Orleans within four points at the break, but the Mavericks maintained an eye-popping percentage from outside the arc and took control in the third quarter.

A scoring burst from J.J. Redick helped the Pelicans close the gap, but the Mavs used an 8-0 run in the fourth to take a double-digit lead and held on the rest of the way. Luka Doncic scored a career-high 46 points, and Kristaps Porzingis scored 36 points with eight 3s in the win.

Here’s the good, the bad and the Ball from Friday night’s loss:

The good: Zion's record night

Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas frontcourt could do nothing to stop Zion Williamson, who set a Pelicans franchise record by starting the game 12-for-12 from the field. https://twitter.com/SLAMonline/status/1360404591125417985 If not for a miss on a wide-open three the Mavericks were baiting him to take, Williamson would have gone 100 percent from the field for the night. He finished with 36 points on 14-of-15 shooting in 37 minutes.

The bad: Perimeter defense

The Pelicans had an excellent shooting night in Dallas, going 17-for-37 from beyond the arc - and were still blown away from 3-point range by the Mavericks for the game. Dallas hit a ridiculous 25 3s on 45 attempts - a season-high - good for 55.6 percent shooting, and many of their shots were wide open. The Mavs' 24-point advantage on 3s made this game essentially unwinnable for the Pels, and while most teams won't be as scorching hot as Dallas, New Orleans' awful defensive rating (25th of 30 teams in the league) is a major cause for concern.

The Ball: A forgettable night

There was a play in the final seconds of the first half that summed up Lonzo Ball's night nicely. With the clock running down, Ball locked up Luka Doncic in the final seconds and forced Doncic to pass out with seconds left in the shot clock - only for Porzingis to drain a deep three at the buzzer. Lonzo shouldn't take any blame for this loss - he finished with 12 points, seven assists, six rebounds and just one turnover, and pushed the ball effectively on offense - but he also didn't do much to stop the Mavericks from scoring 143 points.

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