NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Charlotte
(Tuesday, November 18th)
Final Score: Dallas 100, Charlotte 83
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki poured in 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks remained perfect all-time against the Bobcats with a 100-83 win over Charlotte.
Josh Howard scored 21 points, and Jason Terry added 15 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who are 9-0 all-time against Charlotte. Jason Kidd had 10 assists and two points, and Erick Dampier had 11 rebounds and six points for Dallas, which has won two in a row after a five-game skid.
D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 21 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four of five. Raymond Felton and Shannon Brown each added 11 points for Charlotte, which shot 38.8 percent from the field, including a 1-of-10 performance from beyond the arc.
The Mavs started the game with a 15-0 run, and the Bobcats never recovered. A Howard three capped the push, which was fueled just as much by Charlotte's ineptitude on the offensive end as it was by Dallas' starting hot. The Bobcats missed their first nine shots from the field, and Emeka Okafor missed two free throws that could have ended the scoreless stretch with 5:58 left in the quarter.
"It looked basically like the varsity scripting plays against a rec league team out there," said Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace. "They did whatever they wanted to do. They took us out of everything we wanted to do."
An Augustin floater 40 seconds later finally got the Bobcats on the board, but Nowitzki three in the final seconds of the frame gave the Mavs a 28-10 lead entering the second quarter.
The Mavericks lead reached 20, at 55-35, by the intermission, and Charlotte never threatened to end its winless streak against Dallas in the second half. The Dallas lead tapped out at 25 points early in the fourth quarter.
"We had it going the whole game, except for four minutes in the fourth quarter," said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. "I'm not sure what we were doing, but we can't complain about a win."
The Mavs dominated the glass, outrebounding Charlotte 50-34...The Suns are the only other team the Bobcats have never beaten...Charlotte's starters scored six points in the first half on 2-of-19 shooting...The Mavs shot an even 50 percent from the field but made just 4-of-17 three-pointers and 20-of-27 free throws.
11/18 22:35:46 ET