Doncic scores 28 in 26 minutes, Mavs rout Pelicans
Luka Doncic scored 28 points in 26 minutes, leading Dallas in a rout of New Orleans 130-84 on Saturday.
The Mavericks’ 46-point win wasn’t the largest margin of victory this season — they outscored the Golden State Warriors by 48 last month.
Dallas (18-8) has won five in a row and 10 of 11 for the first time since winning is its only NBA championship in 2010-11.
Meanwhile, New Orleans is on an eight-game losing streak.
Doncic didn’t play in the fourth quarter after the Mavericks ran up a 38-point lead at 104-66.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 and 13 points before taking a seat with Doncic.
Off the bench, Boban Marjanovic had season highs of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jalen Brunson scored 14.
J.J. Redick led New Orleans with 15 points. Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday scored 14 each and Jaxson Hayes had 11.
Dallas led 64-52 at halftime. Doncic had 20 points and Marjanovic 11, nine in the second quarter.
The Pelicans were scoreless for 4:07 of the third quarter while the Mavericks scored 14 points for a 97-60 lead. They outscored New Orleans 40-14 in the quarter.
In the second quarter, Holiday put the Pelicans in the lead at 38-36, but the Mavericks came back with a 15-1 run. Seth Curry finished it with a 3-point shot.
Pelicans: Redick had a 4-point play 3:27 into the game. Only Jamal Crawford and James Harden have more career 4-point plays in NBA history than Redick. … The Pelicans shot 25 percent (5 for 20) in the third quarter. ... F/C Derrick Favors, who is on a personal leave, missed his 11th straight game.
Mavericks: G Delon Wright didn’t play after the first quarter because of a right adductor strain. … C Dwight Powell was in the starting lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game with an injury to his left wrist. ... Dallas scored a season-high 104 points in the first three quarters. ...The Mavericks’ 40 points were the most in the third quarter this season. ... They are 10 games over .500 for the first time since 2014-15.
Pelicans: Home Tuesday against Detroit.
Mavericks: Complete three-game homestand on Sunday against Sacramento.
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