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.
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.
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.
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.