Mavs defensive improvement tonight: after 58 pts and 9 3s allowed in 1st half, Pelicans made 1 3pter and scored 35 pts in 2nd half
Suns and Pelicans both lose tonight, expanding the Thunder's cushion for #8. Updated standings: http://t.co/GM7uQoTvzA
Mavs end Pelicans 5 game win streak 102-93. Rondo early with 13 of 19 pts in 1st, Monta late with 8 of 20 pts in 4th. Mavs now 40-22
Pelicans and Suns both lost tonight. Thunder now up a full game on the Pelicans, 2.5 on the Suns.
Pelicans' five-game winning streak ends after 102-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Final: Mavs 102, Pelicans 93. Monta Ellis leads 6 Mavs in double figures with 20. NO held to 35 points in second half.
Pelicans making a late push, going on 12-5 run to cut Mavericks' lead to 91-85
Pelicans trailing Mavs 89-79 with 6:29 left to play
Didn't see enough adjustments made by the Pelicans in that third quarter.
Pelicans performed poorly in the third quarter - outscored 25-13 and surrendered a 16-0 run that allowed Mavericks to take control.
End 3Q: Mavs 80, Pelicans 71. Rajon Rondo's 17 leads 5 Mavs in double figures.
Mavericks have outscored the Pelicans 42-16 in the paint. Pelicans made 9 3-pointers in first half, 0 in third quarter.
Pelicans PG Norris Cole has scored six consecutive points now with 19.
Pelicans have now scored six straight to cut Mavericks' lead to 71-66.
Pelicans went just more than seven minutes without scoring before Tyreke Evans' jumper with 4:52 left in 3Q
Starting centers in Pelicans-Mavs games: Bernard James: 0 points, 2 rebounds in 18 minutes Omer Asik: 0 points, 3 rebounds in 18 minutes
Bad third quarter for Pelicans getting handled by Mavericks, who are on 16-2 run to take a 71-60 with 5:50 left in third quarter.
Pelicans struggling right now to get their offense going. They have missed seven consecutive shots.
Mavericks open third quarter on 9-2 run to take 64-60 lead vs Pelicans.
Pelicans made 9-of-17 3-pointers for 52.9 percent in first half.
Three of the Pelicans' final four shots were 3-pointers, which led to 58-55 halftime lead against Mavs.
Half: Pelicans 58, Mavs 55. Dallas losing despite 15 points from Rajon Rondo. Norris Cole leads NO with 13 off bench.