NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Dallas|
(Wednesday, April 17th)
Final Score: Dallas 99, New Orleans 87
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Darren Collison poured in 25 points off the
bench as the Dallas Mavericks ended the season on a high note with a
99-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at American Airlines Center.
Collison got 10-of-15 shots to fall through in the contest for Dallas,
which finished an even 41-41 on the season but will miss out on the playoffs
for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.
"We should never have been in this position in the first place," Shawn Marion,
who tallied 15 points and seven rebounds, said. "But it is what it is and we
never gave up and we ended the season .500 so that's definitely a positive."
Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.
All five starters scored in double figures for New Orleans, which ended its
final season as the Hornets at just 27-55. It was announced in January that
after this season they would no longer be known as the Hornets but as the
"We (have) got a lot of work to do," New Orleans head coach Monty Williams
said. "We have to get some guys playing better because no matter how you slice
it we can't come back the same way."
Al-Farouq Aminu dropped in 16 points to go with a career-high 20
rebounds for the Hornets. Eric Gordon added 16 points, Robin Lopez also had
a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) while Brian Roberts and Ryan
Anderson each chipped in 13 points.
The Hornets lost despite holding a healthy 58-37 advantage on the boards.
Despite the first-quarter efforts of Aminu, who ripped down 14 rebounds in
the first 12 minutes alone, the Hornets trailed 19-18 at the end of the
The Hornets managed to connect on just 36.4 percent of their shots from the
floor and turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter. Dallas did
not commit a single turnover and rattled in a pair of 3-pointers which made up
for its 31.8 percent shooting effort.
A jump shot from Nowitzki with 5:16 remaining in the second quarter had Dallas
out to its largest lead, 38-29, of the first half. The Hornets would cut their
deficit to three on three different occasions before the half but a pair of
jumpers and a free-throw from Nowitzki in the final minute pushed the
Mavericks to a 47-39 lead at the break.
Dallas connected on 59.1 percent of its shots from the floor in the second
quarter as Collison and Nowitzki combined for 15 points. Gordon carried the
Hornets in the frame with 10 points.
Nowitzki picked up right where he left off after halftime by hitting 4-of-5
shots from the field en route to nine points in the third quarter. Powered by
Nowitzki's exploits the Mavericks would lead by as many as 16 points in the
period and take a 75-64 advantage into the fourth quarter.
A putback layup from Lopez early on in the fourth quarter brought the Hornets'
to within six, 77-71. However the Mavericks erupted from there with an 18-4
run over the next five minutes to essentially put the game out of reach.
Dallas' 12-year streak in the playoffs that ended on Wednesday was the second-
longest active streak behind San Antonio which extended its streak to 16
seasons this year ... Aminu had 17 of his 20 rebounds in the first half ...
Dallas shot 51.2 percent from the floor and forced 19 turnovers from the
Hornets ... New Orleans outscored Dallas 21-9 from the free-throw line.
04/17 23:45:51 ET