The Mavericks’ visit to the Smoothie King Center had little history. The Texan team took the duel against the Pelicans in a more than placid way by an overwhelming 107-139, adding a victory more than necessary after having lost five of their last six games to stay in fourth place in the West. Kidd’s team took advantage of the weakness of the Louisiana team, who remain penultimate in the conference with a balance of 5-16.
Dallas was practically in front at all times (the Pelicans had the advantage for 9 seconds), and from very early on he began to forge important differences. From the hand of Luka Doncic, who started the clash very inspired and managed to score 18 points in the first quarter, the visitors did not take long to reach income close to 20 goals, a gap that they would reach in the second quarter and that they would expand after the break. The Mavs’ maximum reached 38 (93-131), which allowed them to take the game very calmly and give rest to their stars.
In this way, Doncic did not reach the large numbers that his great start promised, since he had just 27 minutes that made him stay at a not inconsiderable 28 points. The Slovenian also shone as a passer, distributing 14 assists, although his 8 losses clouded his statistics sheet.
Kristaps Porzingis, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, accompanied him with a new double-double, while Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. stood out from the second unit with 17 and 16 points each. All of them found many facilities to add, as did the less common men, as Kidd chose to give minutes to the 15 summoned men, of which 13 managed to score.
To top it off, the Mavericks managed to break their record for hitting a game, as they finished with a 68.7% accuracy on their field shots (57/83). The best previous record was from 1983, when they managed to score 67.7% of their shots in a game against the San Diego Clippers. In addition, a team has not been seen to shoot so effectively in the NBA since precisely the Clippers (already in Los Angeles) signed 69.3% against Toronto in 1998.
On the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram tried to keep his team alive with 29 points, but it soon became clear that it was impossible. Those of New Orleans, who are still waiting for Zion, continue without raising their heads, and do not seem to be able to overcome a project that was promised exciting but that right now is qualifying at the level of franchises that do not aspire to compete for anything this year like Rockets or Thunder. We’ll see if Williamson’s return can reverse the situation, but for now everything points to a rather nondescript season in Louisiana.
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