NEW ORLEANS -- Forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including his team's last five points, and guard Jose Calderon added a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 100-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena. After Nowitzki hit an 18-footer with 2:25 left to put the Mavericks on top 97-94, guard Jrue Holiday tied the game at 97 with a 3-pointer from 25 feet away on the left wing with 1:25 remaining. Nowitzki was fouled on a switch by Holiday with 32.3 seconds left, but the normally deadly free-throw shooter made only 1 of 2 from the line, putting the Mavericks up 98-97. After guard Eric Gordon missed a driving layup attempt in the lane, Nowitzki grabbed the rebound and was fouled by forward Al-Farouq Aminu, and Nowitzki made both free throws, extending the Dallas lead to 100-97 with 8.0 seconds left.
The New Orleans Pelicans kept their win streak going in their first game without Anthony Davis. The Pelicans announced this week that Davis will likely miss four to six weeks because of a broken left hand, and they'll try to overcome his absence again as they seek a season-high fourth straight win Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Jrue Holiday converted the winning three-point play with 2.6 seconds left, and Ryan Anderson scored a career-best 36 points while helping New Orleans (9-8) move above .500 for the first time since a 3-2 start to last season. "This win was really about the heart and character of the guys in that locker room." Dallas (11-8) showed some grit of its own in rallying from a 12-point deficit early in the second half Tuesday for an 89-82 win over Charlotte.
When it comes to the NBA’s rookie class at this early juncture of the season, few observers would disagree with the statement that Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams has been the cream of the crop thus far, as the Bulls witnessed firsthand in what then seemed like a shocking road loss to the 76ers. Behind Carter-Williams, who already appears to at least partially justify the Sixers trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday in a draft-day deal, is Orlando Magic combo guard Victor Oladipo, but after that is where it gets a little dicey. Sure, there have been pleasant surprises: Steven Adams of the Thunder, though still very raw on offense may be the young, physical, athletic defensive-minded center Oklahoma City has been looking for; Milwaukee’s second-round pick, Nate Wolters, has started half of the Bucks’ games and proven to be a mature floor general;
Ryan Anderson scored an NBA career-high 36 points and Jrue Holiday made the deciding 3-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in triple overtime Monday as New Orleans edged Chicago 131-128. Eric Gordon added 23 points for the Pelicans, who were playing their first game without injured top scorer and rebounder Anthony Davis but were still able to complete a perfect three-game road trip, improving to 9-8. Britain's Luol Deng had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a losing cause as the Bulls fell to 7-9.