Trey Murphy III had 22 points to lead eight New Orleans scorers in double figures as the short-handed Pelicans held off the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 113-111, on Tuesday night, October 25 (Wednesday, October 26, Manila time).
Naji Marshall added 15 points, CJ McCollum had 14 points, and 11 assists, Devonte’ Graham scored 14 points, Jose Alvarado and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 each and rookie Dyson Daniels and Larry Nance Jr. added 11 apiece.
The Pelicans played without starters Brandon Ingram (concussion), Zion Williamson (bruised hip), and Herbert Jones (knee).
Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 37 points and 11 rebounds but missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points and Christian Wood added 23.
Doncic scored on back-to-back layups to pull Dallas within 112-111 with four seconds remaining.
The Pelicans’ Graham then made only one of two free throws, leaving the Mavericks with 2.9 seconds to try to tie or win.
The Mavericks, who hadn’t led since the score was 2-1, scored the first 6 points of the third quarter to grab a 70-66 lead.
Murphy’s three-pointer pulled the Pelicans even at 73 and the score was tied again at 76 before New Orleans scored 6 straight points.
The Pelicans led by 6 points twice more before Dallas scored the last 8 points to take an 89-87 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Mavericks scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter, but New Orleans scored the next 4.
Wood answered with a three-pointer before the Pelicans regained the lead, 98-97, as McCollum scored 5 straight.
Graham made two three-pointers and Murphy made one as New Orleans took a 109-102 lead.
Dallas’ Maxi Kleber scored the next 5 points before Nance’s dunk and Graham’s free throw gave the Pelicans a five-point lead with 1:35 left, and narrowly held on the rest of the way.
Alvarado and Valanciunas scored 9 points each as the Pelicans took a 40-31 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Pelicans scored the first 7 points of the second quarter to take their biggest lead of the half before Doncic helped Dallas get within 66-64 at halftime. – Rappler.com