New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis tallied 23 points and eight
assists as the Dallas Mavericks routed the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-90, in
the front end of a home-and-home from New Orleans Arena.
Dirk Nowitzki paced Dallas with 24 points while Jae Crowder and Jose Calderon
added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Mavericks, who improved to 2-0 against the Pelicans this season, will host
New Orleans on Saturday.
Eric Gordon shot 9-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the stripe to lead all
scorers with 27 points for the Pelicans, who played for the first time this
season without Jrue Holiday. Holiday, a 2013 All-Star with Philadelphia, was
diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia and will be sidelined
indefinitely. New Orleans is already without sharpshooter Ryan Anderson
Anthony Davis added 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the setback,
while Austin Rivers made the most of his extended time with 12 points and a
team-high four assists.
Dallas scored the game's first five points and never trailed, leading 31-24
after the first period and 62-49 at halftime.
New Orleans was kept off the scoreboard for the first 4:05 of the second half,
failing to cut into its deficit as Dallas built a 20-point lead on Samuel
Dalembert's jump hook at 6:55 of the third. Out of a timeout, Calderon drilled
a 3-pointer, and the rout was on.
Dallas has won the last five meetings ... The Pelicans outscored the Mavericks
52-32 in the paint and 20-4 on second chance opportunities ... Brian Roberts
made his first start of the season in Holiday's place and scored nine points
on 4-of-11 shooting.
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