Game 67: Mavs at Hornets

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Mavericks vs. Hornets

Chandler Parsons led the way with 24 points and Dirk chipped in 23 as the Mavs took care of business on the road against Charlotte, 107-96.

CHARLOTTE — Entering Monday night’s matchup in Charlotte with their longest losing streak of the season, the Dallas Mavericks went in search of a signature road win against the hottest team in the NBA.

Hoping to snap a five-game losing skid, the Mavericks stepped into Time Warner Cable Arena with renewed hope to begin a stretch of consecutive road games. The Mavs then tried to cool down the surging Hornets, who entered the night riding a seven-game winning streak. And with a shakeup in the starting lineup, the Mavericks (34-33) would see both streaks come to an end following an impressive 107-96 road win.

“Everybody stepped up, and not just the guys who scored points,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed after the win. “You know, we need everybody. We changed the lineup, because we just needed a shakeup of some kind, but everything is on the table game to game. Our guys stepped up and showed a lot of guts.”

Attempting to avenge a 108-94 home loss at the hands of the Hornets (37-29) back on Nov. 5, the Mavericks tried to get off to a fast start. Carlisle then made a change to his starting lineup, inserting veteran guard Raymond Felton into the first unit and sliding 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki up from his customary power forward position to center in place of big man Zaza Pachulia.

The move would pay immediate dividends as the Mavs opened the game on a 7-0 run, holding the Hornets to 0-for-6 shooting to start the night. And with the Dallas defense limiting the Hornets to just 6 of 21 from the field in the opening quarter, the Mavericks took a 22-18 edge into the second period.

“We actually won the first quarter. That’s was a good sign for us, and it set us up to play from in front for the rest of the night,” Nowitzki explained.

Behind the sharpshooting of reserve Troy Daniels, the Hornets began to claw their way back into the game. The Mavs countered with a boost off their own bench, turning to backup big man David Lee and veteran guard Devin Harris to keep the home team at bay.

Mavs rookie first-round pick Justin Anderson also got into the mix with end-to-end plays, leading frustration to eventually boil over for the Charlotte sideline as Hornets coach Steve Clifford was assessed a technical with 8:28 left in the first half. Meanwhile, Harris continued his scoring assault, moving into double figures as the Mavericks’ advantage ballooned.  And despite a flagrant-one foul call on Lee for a blow to Hornets center Cody Zeller, the Mavs capitalized off back-to-back technical fouls on Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum with 27.2 seconds left in the half to take a 52-33 lead into the intermission.

Led by Nowitzki’s 14 points and eight rebounds in the half on 5-of-12 shooting, the Mavericks’ 44 percent from the field bettered the Hornets’ 26.8 percent through two quarters. The Mavs also grabbed a 29-25 rebounding edge while holding Charlotte to the lowest-scoring first half of any Dallas opponent this season.

“The defense was great,” Carlisle said of his team’s play in the first half. “You know, we just had really good energy, focus and togetherness. We were playing relatively small, so we needed everybody to be vigilant about being on the boards. We have to play the persistence game. That’s our best chance to win, and we did that tonight.”

Facing some adversity early in the second half after starting point guard Deron Williams picked up his fourth personal foul with 11:09 left in the third period, the Mavericks would quickly find their lead sliced to single digits. Batum and Marvin Williams then tried to put the Charlotte team on their backs, bringing the Hornets within four. Still, with Nowitzki on the attack once again, the Mavs slid into the fourth period with the upper hand at 71-65.

“We knew they were going to make a great run at us in the third quarter,” Nowitzki admitted. “They came out firing, and we had some bad turnovers. They actually took the lead, but there were gutsy performances down the stretch.”

Swishing back-to-back threes to open the final quarter, Walker brought his team even on the scoreboard at 71-all to force a timeout by Carlisle with 11:08 remaining. The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week then connected on two free throws to give the Hornets their first lead of the night at 73-71 with 10:18 left to play.

The Mavericks would have an answer, however, retaking the lead on a jumper by Nowitzki before Felton’s driving score to create a bit of separation on the scoreboard. And after back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and small forward Chandler Parsons, the Mavs held an 84-79 edge with 7:53 on the game clock.

The lead returned to double digits after Parsons’ fourth triple of the night made it an 89-79 Dallas advantage. Williams took matters from there, scoring on three straight Dallas possessions before feeding Felton for a three from the top of the key to put the Mavs up 98-85 with 3:18 remaining. And after Parsons swished in his fifth trey of the night, he proceeded to close the door with an 18-foot jumper to give the Mavericks a 105-92 advantage with 1:06 left.

Scoring 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 5 for 9 from three-point range, Parsons led the Mavericks to the much-needed win. Nowitzki added 23 points and 11 rebounds inside at the center position, while Williams pitched in 15 points in the first unit. Off the bench, Harris and Lee scored 12 points apiece. Meanwhile, Felton scored nine points and dished out 12 assists in the starting lineup.

“They made a big run, which we knew they were going to do, and they got the lead briefly. But our guys held the line,” Carlisle proclaimed. “We kept believing in each other and gutting our way through it. And it’s an important win, obviously.”

Walker led four Hornets in double figures with 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting, dishing out nine assists to boot. But the Mavericks outshot the Hornets for the game, 48.3 percent to 42.1 percent, adding a 42-40 rebounding edge as both teams committed 15 turnovers on the night.

“The ball was just moving,” Felton said after the Mavs dished out 30 assists in the win. “We were attacking the lane and getting shots. It was good, and we were having fun. When you lose five in a row, sometimes you have to switch things up to muck it up a little bit and see what happens. And that’s what happened. It got us a W, and now we go from here.”

Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their road trip Wednesday, traveling to Cleveland for a matchup against the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers. Cleveland leads the season series 1-0 after handing the Mavs a 110-107 overtime loss in Dallas on Jan. 12. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Friday, hosting the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The season series is tied at 1-1 after both teams won on their home floors earlier this season. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Jeremy Evans (right shoulder injury) — not with the team

 

Dallas Mavericks

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Wesley Matthews, F 37 5 2 0 0 5 5 0 1 3 19 1-8 1-3 2-2
Chandler Parsons, F 37 24 4 3 1 9 7 2 2 2 2 9-14 5-9 1-2
Dirk Nowitzki, C 28 23 1 0 2 11 10 1 1 3 24 8-18 1-5 6-7
Deron Williams, G 30 15 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 4 6-11 1-4 2-2
Raymond Felton, G 31 9 12 3 0 3 2 1 5 2 17 4-11 1-4 0-1
David Lee 26 12 0 0 1 7 5 2 2 5 7 6-8 0-0 0-0
Devin Harris 20 12 1 1 0 2 2 0 2 3 -8 5-8 0-2 2-2
Justin Anderson 7 1 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 1 6 0-1 0-1 1-2
J.J. Barea 14 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -8 2-6 0-1 0-0
Zaza Pachulia 5 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 -8 1-2 0-1 0-0
Salah Mejri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dwight Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Charlie Villanueva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Jeremy Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
JaVale McGee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    107 30 9 6 42 36 6 14 26   42-87 9-30 14-18
                        48.3% 30.0% 77.8%

Charlotte Hornets

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Nicolas Batum, F 39 20 7 2 2 3 3 0 4 0 -11 7-14 3-7 3-4
Marvin Williams, F 32 19 0 0 1 7 7 0 1 4 -5 8-17 1-5 2-4
Cody Zeller, C 26 1 0 1 0 9 5 4 2 4 -4 0-3 0-0 1-2
Courtney Lee, G 30 12 0 2 0 3 2 1 1 1 -9 4-7 2-4 2-2
Kemba Walker, G 39 25 9 2 1 4 3 1 5 2 -3 8-18 2-8 7-9
Jeremy Lin 18 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 1 -4 0-3 0-1 1-4
Al Jefferson 21 7 0 1 1 4 4 0 1 0 -7 1-3 0-0 5-6
Troy Daniels 14 6 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 -6 2-4 2-4 0-0
Frank Kaminsky 15 5 1 0 0 7 6 1 0 3 -6 2-7 0-1 1-3
Jorge Gutierrez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Tyler Hansbrough 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Spencer Hawes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Jeremy Lamb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Aaron Harrison 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    96 18 9 7 40 33 7 15 16   32-76 10-30 22-34
                        42.1% 33.3% 64.7%

Harris’s And-1

Devin Harris draws the foul and gets the tough hook to fall.

Lee’s Transition Layup

David Lee finishes with the layup in transition off the feed from Justin Anderson.

CHARLOTTE — Facing the hottest team in the league and looking to end their longest losing streak since December of 2012, the Dallas Mavericks will admittedly face a tough challenge Monday night on the road.

Squaring off against the Charlotte Hornets, the Mavericks (33-33) will try to bring an end to their five-game losing skid. The Mavs will also attempt to bring the Hornets’ seven-game winning streak to an abrupt end, hoping to avenge a 108-94 loss at home the first time the two teams met back on Nov. 5. But according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, that may be easier said than done as his team tries to remain afloat in the Western Conference playoff picture.

“They’re hottest team in the NBA since the end of January,” Carlisle said while speaking highly of the Hornets (37-28) following the Mavs’ Monday morning shootaround. “They’re 15-3, and they’re top 10 in the league in 14 different offensive and defensive categories. They’re extremely solid, they’re energetic, they’re hot, they’re shooting it well, and they’ve got a lot of different ways that they can play. It’s a very challenging game.”

The Hornets have won 18 of 23 overall and secured their seventh straight victory Saturday with a 125-109 home win over Houston. Meanwhile, budding star Kemba Walker continued to shine with 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting as the Hornets claimed an eighth straight home win.

Walker has scored at least 20 points in 14 of his last 16 games, averaging 28.6 points on 52.9 percent shooting and 49 percent from three-point range in the month of March. He’s now expected to receive plenty of attention from the Dallas defense as the Mavs try to collect a signature road win Monday night.

“Well, obviously, their confidence is big, so getting off to a great start is going to be huge,” Mavs backup big man David Lee explained. “You know, they have guys who are shooting the ball really well. Kemba Walker has been on a great streak for them, and they’re playing well as a team in their own building. Getting off to a good start and keeping them from finding a rhythm early is going to be very important.”

Note: The Mavericks will now hit the road, traveling to Charlotte for Monday’s matchup against the Hornets. Charlotte leads the season series 1-0 after a 108-94 win in Dallas on Nov. 5. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Friday, hosting the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The season series is tied at 1-1 after both teams won on their home floors earlier this season. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Jeremy Evans (right shoulder injury) — not with the team

CHARLOTTE — Suffering their first five-game losing streak since December of 2012, the Dallas Mavericks will face a daunting task Monday night as they look to bring their current skid to an end on the road.

Traveling to Charlotte for the first of two outings on the road, the Mavericks (33-33) will quickly try to forget about Saturday’s 112-105 loss against Indiana to conclude a winless three-game homestand. The Mavs will also attempt to avenge a 108-94 home loss at the hands of the Hornets (37-28) back on Nov. 5, hoping to end Charlotte’s seven-game winning streak in the process. With that said, the Mavericks know they’ll have to increase their level of play against the hottest team in the league before concluding their trip Wednesday in Cleveland against four-time MVP LeBron James and the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.

“It’s just a bunch of little things when you’re in a funk and things are really not going your way,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said after scoring a game-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Saturday’s loss. “It’s one bounce here, it’s a bad turnover there, it’s not running back and not communicating. … It’s just a couple of little things here and there, and that’s the difference sometimes in a tight league.”

“It’s just a lot of little things. And they’re really tiny things at this point, but we’ve got to do better,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle echoed. “You know, we’re close, but we’re just not good enough right now. And we’ve got to be better.”

The Mavericks will certainly have to be better against the hottest team in the league, looking to prevent the Hornets from reaching their longest win streak since December of 1999. The Mavs will also try to learn from their previous meeting against the Hornets after surrendering a season-high 31 points on 15 of 18 from the field to big man Al Jefferson.

The Hornets outshot the Mavs for that game, 49.4 percent to 39.0 percent, adding a 48-44 rebounding edge. And with the Mavericks now in a virtual tie with Houston for the Western Conference’s final two playoff spots after slipping to .500 on the season, the Dallas team knows it will need to bring more to the table Monday night.

“It’s not about X’s and O’s anymore,” swingman Wesley Matthews proclaimed. “We’re a .500 team. We deserve to be a .500 team. And we’re at that crossroads. Where do we want to go? What do we want to do about it? You know, it’s all here now.”

Note: The Mavericks will now hit the road, traveling to Charlotte for Monday’s matchup against the Hornets. Charlotte leads the season series 1-0 after a 108-94 win in Dallas on Nov. 5. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Friday, hosting the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The season series is tied at 1-1 after both teams won on their home floors earlier this season. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

baylor

Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Jeremy Evans (right shoulder injury) — not with the team