Pelicans (4-5), Mavericks (1-9)
DALLAS – Behind another big night from its All-Star duo and the team’s stingiest defensive performance of the season, New Orleans opened a four-game road trip with a victory, leading nearly all Friday in beating Dallas.
DeMarcus Cousins authored a 20-20 game (20 points, 22 rebounds, along with seven assists) while Anthony Davis led the New Orleans offensive attack with 30 points. Meanwhile, the Pelicans hadn’t given up fewer than 101 points in a game this season, but limited the Mavericks to just 94.
New Orleans grabbed a quick 15-5 edge and led every after quarter. The Pelicans took control in the first half by dominating under the rim, outscoring the Mavericks 32-16 in the paint.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Davis sank two free throws with four-plus minutes remaining after an extended New Orleans possession, giving the visitors a 91-74 lead and causing a few fans to head for the exits. Dallas tried to make a fourth-quarter run but was hindered greatly by a sputtering offense. The Mavs caused a few anxious moments later by cutting the gap to six in the final 30 seconds, before committing a costly bad-pass turnover.