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Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans

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8-2, 4-1 Away
Final
136 - 124

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Irving hits 7 of 10 3-pointers, scores 35 points in Mavericks' 136-124 victory over Pelicans

Luka Doncic buries tough and-1 bucket for Mavs

In the first of two straight games between the teams in New Orleans, the Mavericks shot 20 of 53 from long range. Dallas iced it in the third quarter, making 8 of 13 3-pointers and outscoring the Pelicans 42-31.

Irving told teammates before the game that he was tired and might need their help in picking up the slack.

“That was BS,” Doncic said, laughing.

“I was tired,” Irving insisted. “I told them before the game that I was tired just to humanize what I was dealing with. I didn’t feel like my absolute best, but I knew that we would create some type of inspiration and motivation. I just told them I need to be picked up. Getting up and down the court a little bit, my body started to warm up.”

Doncic was 11 of 18 from the field and made 4 of 9 from long range.

“Everyone’s being unselfish,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “(Irving and Doncic) are two leaders who set the tone — just unselfish and playing with the pass, and then our pace is different than what we’re used to."

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 20 points and Zion Williamson had 18. The Pelicans, without the injured CJ McCollum, Herb Jones and Trey Murphy, have lost five straight.

“We have to be better,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. “The transition baskets really hurt us. They had 28 fast-break points, but it was our turnovers. And. we’ve got to take quality shots. We’ve got to play with more of a sense of urgency.”

For the second consecutive game, Irving sizzled from the outset, scoring 22 first-half points on 8-of-13 shooting to help the Mavericks take a 67-54 lead. Irving beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer from the right corner.

In a 144-126 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, Irving had 20 points in the first half and finished with 27.

Dallas took its biggest lead of the half, 56-40, with 5:28 left in the half on the strength of back-to-back 3-pointers by Irving and another by Doncic.

UP NEXT

The teams will meet again Tuesday night in New Orleans in the NBA In-Season Tournament.

Regular Season Series

DAL leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Pelicans: 39.7%
Mavericks: 60.3%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 136 - 124
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 136 - 124
4th 14.1 Kira Lewis Jr. makes free throw 1 of 1 136 - 124
4th 14.1 Richaun Holmes shooting foul 136 - 123
4th 14.1 Kira Lewis Jr. makes driving layup 136 - 123

Statistics

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50-102 FG 47-92
49.0 Field Goal % 51.1
20-53 3PT 17-36
37.7 Three Point % 47.2
16-21 FT 13-22
76.2 Free Throw % 59.1
42 Rebounds 54
8 Offensive Rebounds 13
34 Defensive Rebounds 41
29 Assists 31
7 Steals 2
6 Blocks 3
6 Turnovers 18
0 Team Turnovers 0
6 Total Turnovers 18
0 Technical Fouls 0
0 Total Technical Fouls 0
0 Flagrant Fouls 1
6 Points Off Turnovers 22
30 Fast Break Points 13
54 Points in Paint 48
19 Fouls 20
29 Largest Lead 3

Game Information

Smoothie King Center

Location: New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 16,302 · Capacity:

2023-24 Southwest Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
New Orleans 33 22 .600 - W3
Dallas 32 23 .582 1 W6
Houston 24 30 .444 8.5 L1
Memphis 20 36 .357 13.5 W2
San Antonio 11 44 .200 22 L1
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