Why the Mavs lost: The Mavs didn’t shoot the ball very well, and they didn’t play enough adequate defense. Those played a major role in why they lost to Charlotte Hornets 108-94 on Thursday. The decision to play small forward Chandler Parsons only in the second half also blew up in the Mavs’ face. The Mavericks were only trailing by one point at the half, but were a minus-16 in the second half with Parsons on the floor.
Key players: Al Jefferson simply wore out the Mavericks inside by bullying his way to 31 points and nine rebounds. Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, and Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to tally 16 points in 22 minutes.
Key stat: This is the first time Charlotte has won a game in Dallas since Jan. 24, 1998. And that was the Charlotte team which was owned by George Shinn, not the current one that’s owned by Michael Jordan. Charlotte had lost 14 games in a row in Dallas before Thursday. The Mavs shot 39 percent from the field, while the Hornets shot 49.4 percent from the floor.
Records: Mavs 2-3, Hornets 2-3