Mavericks 107, Pelicans 90

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NEW ORLEANS -- Rebounding from one of his shakiest performances of the season, forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and guard Monta Ellis added 23 points to spark the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-90 victory over the short-handed NEW ORLEANS Pelicans on Friday night at NEW ORLEANS Arena.

Nowitzki was held to eight points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field in a 112-90 loss at San Antonio on Wednesday night but made 10 of 19 against NEW ORLEANS and nailed 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Mavericks combined to make 14 of 28 shots from long distance, outscoring the Pelicans 42-9 from the perimeter.

The Mavericks (21-16) held the Pelicans (15-20) without a field goal in the first 4:05 of the third quarter and went on a 12-2 run to take control at 74-51. NEW ORLEANS never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

By the end of the third quarter, the Mavericks had made 12 of 23 shots from 3-point range and outscored the Pelicans 36-6 from behind the arc.

NEW ORLEANS, which dropped its fourth straight, was led by guard Eric Gordon with 27 points and forward Anthony Davis with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Ellis erupted for 11 second-quarter points, including eight during a 13-2 run in the final 2:57 of the quarter, to extend the Mavericks' lead to 62-49 at the half. The Mavericks converted the Pelicans' 11 first-half turnovers into 19 points.

The 62 points were the most allowed by the Pelicans in the first half this season, coming off having allowed 61 in a 102-96 loss to Washington on Wednesday.

Nowitzki added 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half and guard Vince Carter had 12 points, including 3 of 4 from long range.

The Pelicans were without leading scorer Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) and point guard Jrue Holiday (stress fracture in the right tibia), who had combined to average 34.1 points per game.

Gordon kept NEW ORLEANS within striking distance, scoring 14 of the Pelicans' 24 first-quarter point and finishing with 19 in the half. But after making a driving layup to cut the Dallas lead to 49-47, Nowitzki began the 13-2 run with a wide-open 17-footer.

NOTES: Pelicans PG Jrue Holiday said he could miss a month with a stress fracture in his right tibia. Holiday felt discomfort in the leg for several weeks, but the injury was confirmed only with an X-ray taken after a Wednesday night loss to the Washington Wizards. "He's been putting an ice pack or a heat pack on his leg for a while, at least the last couple of weeks," NEW ORLEANS coach Monty Williams said. "He's probably been just pushing through it not knowing it was a fracture." ... Williams said leading scorer PF Ryan Anderson, who has a herniated disc in his neck, is feeling better but still out indefinitely. ... Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he was not concerned about the difference between PF Dirk Nowitzki's shooting at home and on the road. "We're not even halfway through the year yet, so there's a long way to go," Carlisle said.

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