NEW ORLEANS -- A balanced attack helped the Dallas Mavericks compile a 100-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday nignt at the New Orleans Arena.
On the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavs placed six players in double-figure scoring, led by Dirk Nowitzki's 21 points.
"We needed great balance to win this game coming on the second night of a back-to-back,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "We had six guys in double-figures, which was big.
"And when it came down to it we had to get a few stops at the end, and we had a little good fortune that the last shot missed.''
Besides Nowitzki, Vince Carter broke out of a three-week slump and tallied 15 points, Monta Ellis finished with 14 points, 10 assists and three steals, Jose Calderon and DeJuan Blair each scored 12 points, and Shawn Marion added 10 points and five rebounds.
Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson missed a wide open three-pointer at the buzzer which could have sent the game into overtime. Anderson was 14-of-22 from three-point range the previous two games.
-- Dwain Price
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