DALLAS -- At least the Dallas Mavericks will meet President Barack Obama after bagging a victory and carrying a big smile on their faces.
Six Mavericks scored in double figures Saturday night as Dallas rolled over the New Orleans Hornets 96-81 before 20,409 at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks are 4-5 and will visit President Obama on Monday before starting a two-game road trip Tuesday in Detroit.
Delonte West, Rodrigue Beaubois and Jason Terry were solid while playing point guard in place of Jason Kidd, who sat out the first of three games with an injured lower back. West had 12 points, four assists and two steals, Beaubois contributed 11 points and a pair of steals, and Terry produced 12 points and four assists as the Mavs put Thursday's 93-71 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their rearview mirror.
"I like Delonte West tonight, I like his tenacity,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He made plays, he was really into the game and he finished for us.
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"That was the question tonight, who was going to finish at point? We need defense in the game, and we need that kind of intensity and he made big plays down the stretch."
It was the largest margin of victory of the season for the defending world champions, who led by as many as 18 points and never were seriously threatened by the Hornets in the second half.
The balanced attack -- 11 Mavs scored -- was just what the coach ordered for a Mavs team that has been inconsistent so far this season.
"This kind of is the defining characteristic of this season is that depth is huge, depth is king," Carlisle said. "Energy trumps most everything, and so we've got to find it and we've got to keep it on the floor, and when it's not there we've got to shuffle the deck.
"For the most part, I thought we were pretty energetic. We had some guys who got tired and we got them out."
One player who showed a lot of fire was Vince Carter, who stepped back to his Vinsanity days when he rose very high on the left baseline and slammed home a vicious dunk over Emeka Okafor that gave the Mavericks a 50-36 lead with 2:51 left in the second quarter.
"That was half-man, half-amazing right there," center Brendan Haywood said. "He got up right there, so I think he surprised everybody with that one. We needed that excitement."
Although they got the victory, the Mavericks saw All-Star Dirk Nowitzki suffered during another anemic shooting night. After going 3-of-11 with just six points Thursday against the Spurs, Nowitzki was only 2-of-11 from the floor with 10 points against the Hornets.
And he needed five technical free throws to reach 10 points.
"He's barely playing over 30 minutes a game," Carlisle said. "He's going to get there."
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