DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 25 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson added 17 points and the Dallas Mavericks started a sluggish Monday night for a 108-92 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Still without Zion Williamson due to a broken right leg, the Pelicans went up 11 in the first quarter, but failed to advance again after the first few minutes of the second quarter in their seventh consecutive loss, giving them a 1–10 draw. been dropped.
With Doncic watching in fourth place, Brunson and Hardaway took a 12–0 lead, giving the Mavericks a 93–71 lead. Hardaway was 4 for 5 on 3-pointers as the Mavericks shot better than 50% for the second straight game after starting 2 for 12.
Kristaps Porzingis picked up three fouls in the second quarter in just 77 seconds, after hitting consecutive 3-pointers in the first to start a 22-4 run for the 38-31 Dallas lead.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian left with nine points and didn’t score again until the end of 3 which helped kick off New Orleans’ rise after the game was out of reach. Porzingis had 12 points from 4-in-13 shooting and eight rebounds.
Jonas Valenciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Josh Hart scored a season-high 22 for the Pelicans, coming from a 41-point loss to Golden State. New Orleans lost by double digits each time on the four-game tour, which was the longest match of the season.
Pelicans: Aside from Williamson, the Pelicans were without Brandon Ingram and Herbert Jones. Ingram missed his fifth game in a row due to a right hip injury. Jones finished third in a row with a pain in his left ankle. … Nickel Alexander-Walker scored 18 points, but was just 2 out of 11 for 3. … Devonte Graham had a season-high 10 assists.
Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber missed his fourth straight game with a strained left oblique muscle. … Reggie Bullock scored 12 points on a 7 out of 5. … Brunson had five to six assists for Doncic.
Pelicans: Oklahoma City visited on Wednesday. The Road team has won the last five matches in the series.
The Mavericks: To start six of seven games on the road Wednesday in Chicago. The Bulls have a three-game winning streak against the Mavs.
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