NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Dallas
(Wednesday, April 13th)
Final Score: Dallas 121, New Orleans 89
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki poured in 32 points, helping the Dallas Mavericks crush the New Orleans Hornets, 121-89, in a postseason tuneup.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Mavericks (57-25), who will enter the playoffs as the Western Conference's No. 3 seed. They will play Portland in a first-round series starting Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (et) in Dallas.
The Mavericks have the same record as the second-seeded Lakers, but Los Angeles holds the tiebreaker.
Jarrett Jack had 22 points to lead the Hornets (46-36), who clinched the West's seventh seed after Memphis lost to the Clippers. New Orleans gets a first-round matchup against the Lakers, which begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (et) in LA.
"I've been getting ready for the playoffs for a while now," said New Orleans point guard Chris Paul. "I just can't wait. All of these last few games haven't meant too much. It is now just who can win four games first."
Jack scored 16 of his points in the first half to help New Orleans grab a 61-58 advantage at the break.
However, the Mavericks shut the Hornets down in the third quarter -- New Orleans made just 4-of-16 attempts from the floor -- to take control.
"In the second half we really stepped it up defensively and that really won us the game," Nowitzki said.
Jason Kidd hit back-to-back threes to push Dallas' lead to 82-70 with 2:26 remaining, and the Mavericks held an 86-74 advantage moving to the fourth.
It was the same story in the final quarter, when both teams' benches played the majority of minutes. New Orleans shot 30 percent while Dallas sank 12- of-15 from the field.
Jason Terry hit two long-distance shots to bookend a 10-2 burst that put the Mavericks up 96-78, and they cruised from there. Dallas' Corey Brewer scored all 11 of his points in the period.
Dallas won four in a row to end the regular season...The Mavericks were 29-12 at home during the regular season...New Orleans was 18-23 on the road and ended its regular season with three consecutive losses...The teams split four games during the season.
04/14 02:32:02 ET