DALLAS -- Darren Collison poured in 25 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 99-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the regular season finale Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
Thus, the Mavs ended what they thought would be a promising the season with a 41-41 record, and no berth in the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Besides Collison, Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavs, and Shawn Marion picked up 15 points and seven boards.
The Mavs led the Hornets 19-18 after the first period, 47-39 at the half and 75-64 after the third period. It's the second time in four days that the Mavs have beaten the Hornets, who they defeated 107-89, this past Sunday in New Orleans.
-- Dwain Price
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