From start to finish, Mavericks manhandle Pelicans

Posted Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Those wheels that fell off the Dallas Mavericks’ wagon during Wednesday’s 22-point loss in San Antonio apparently got repaired just in time for Friday’s game against New Orleans.

Looking fresh and playing with much more focus and energy, the Mavs plowed over the New Orleans Pelicans 107-90 before 16,533 at the New Orleans Arena.

“It’s definitely a good way to recover,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “We definitely needed to feel better again after really an embarrassing loss [to the Spurs] on the road.

“We started off the game pretty well. We talked about we wanted a good start and really set the tone tonight.”

The Mavs led wire-to-wire in stretching their record to 21-16, while the Pelicans dropped to 15-20.

Meanwhile, the two teams will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Center in what will be the Mavs’ fourth game in five nights and the opener of a two-game homestand that ends Monday against Orlando.

Nowitzki bounced back from the season-low eight points he scored against the Spurs to tag the Pelicans with 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting in just 28 minutes.

Also, Monta Ellis contributed 23 points and eight assists, Vince Carter scored 14, Jae Crowder had 12, and Jose Calderon added 11 points and six assists.

But the big salvo for the Mavs was punctuated by Samuel Dalembert, who had recently been in the doghouse for being tardy to his second practice of the season.

Dalembert, though, was back in the starting lineup and responded with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks in only 18 minutes.

“He didn’t play a lot of minutes tonight, but his energy and presence were high level,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He brings our rebounding and our rim protection to another level when he’s rested and energetic and playing like that.”

Dalembert was a bonus in that, playing traffic cop in the middle, he helped the Mavs win the rebounding battle (39-38) for just the second time over the past 13 games.

“Coming back, we’ve been having some terrible games,” Dalembert said. “The energy level wasn’t there and I take it upon myself to, when I do in the games, to bring that energy and try to help the other guys to bring some energy so that we can compete at the level we supposed to compete.”

Unlike against the Spurs when they fizzled early and often, the Mavs were competitive Friday night as they shot 52.6 percent from the field, handed out 32 assists, blocked seven shots and made 14 of 28 baskets from 3-point range.

“This was big for us, for all of us to come in and get the job done and kind of close it out early,’’ said Carter, who made 3 of 5 shots from behind the 3-point line. “That’s something that we haven’t been doing a great job of, so it was just great to see us do so.”

Behind four points from Ellis, the Mavs darted out to an 11-4 lead less than three minutes into the game.

The lead kept swelling until it went to 62-49 at the half and by as many as 23 points (74-51) with 6:18 left in the third period following a 3-pointer by Calderon.

“I thought we were ready tonight; I thought our energy was good most of the night,’’ Carlisle said. “The first three quarters were good quarters, good and solid.

“We had some letups in the fourth. But we needed to get out of here alive with a chance to get back home and get some rest [for tonight].’’

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, April 18Full Scoreboard
Cincinnati «4Final | Box
Chicago Cubs1
Toronto «3Final | Box
Cleveland2
Milwaukee «5Final | Box
Pittsburgh3
St. Louis1Final | Box
Washington «3
LA Angels «11Final | Box
Detroit6
Baltimore «8Final | Box
Boston4
Seattle4Final | Box
Miami «8
Atlanta «6Final | Box
NY Mets0
NY Yankees5Final | Box
Tampa Bay «11
Chicago WSox0Final | Box
Texas «12
Minnesota0Final | Box
Kansas City «5
Philadelphia1Final | Box
Colorado «12
Houston3Final | Box
Oakland «11
Arizona «4Final(12) | Box
Los Angeles2
San Francisco1Final | Box
San Diego «2
Full Scoreboard
Friday, April 18Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Full Scoreboard
No games this week
Full Scoreboard
Friday, April 18Full Scoreboard
Montreal «4Final | Box
Tampa Bay1
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Montreal leads series, 2-0.
Detroit «1Final | Box
Boston0
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Detroit leads series, 1-0.
Dallas2Final | Box
Anaheim «3
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Anaheim leads series, 2-0.
Full Scoreboard