Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 99, New Orleans Hornets 87

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 17, 2013 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks were able to finish the season without a losing record as they secured a 99-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets in the season finale. Playing against the team that drafted him, Darren Collison went 10-for-15 from the field and tallied a game-high 25 points to go along with four assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench against the Hornets. Collison left a positive last impression for the team as it was his second-highest scoring game of the season (32 at Oklahoma City Dec. 27). He scored 20-plus points for the seventh time this season and the first since Mar. 18 at Atlanta (24 points).

Dirk Nowitzki totaled 16 points, a team-high nine rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes against the Hornets. Nowitzki averaged 20.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his final five games of the 2012-13 season.

Some notes before the quotes:

- Vince Carter’s triple at the 9:29 mark of the second quarter was his 162nd 3-pointer of the season (he shot 162-399, .406, on the year). His 162 treys tied his career-high for most 3-pointers made in a season (he shot 162-397, .408, with Toronto in 2000-01). The 162 triples were also tied for the fifth-most treys made by a Maverick in any season (Jason Terry made 162 with Dallas in 2006-07). Carter made at least one 3-point basket in each of his final 25 games of the 2012-13 season. It marked his longest career streak (over a single season) with at least one trey (previous high: 16 straight games on two occasions).

- The Mavericks outshot the Hornets 51.2 percent (42-of-82) to 36.9 percent (31-of-84) on the night. They finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 21-3 when they shot at least 50 percent from the floor.

- Al-Farouq Aminu (16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds) and Robin Lopez (14 points and 13 boards) both recorded double-doubles for New Orleans. Aminu recorded a first-half double-double with 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds (previous high: 16 rebounds on three occasions). Aminu grabbed 14 boards in the first quarter alone.

- Dallas has now sold out 472 consecutive regular-season games at American Airlines Center, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on Dec. 15, 2001 and Dallas has sold out an additional 60 playoff games during that stretch.

Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ victory over New Orleans in the season finale.

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Setting the Table: New Orleans Hornets (Game 82)

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The end is here. For 12 years, most people didn’t have an idea when the year would be ending for the Mavericks. Now, we know that game 82 will mark the end. The Dallas Mavericks (40-41) finish their season against the New Orleans Hornets (27-54). Normally, the final day of the season usually brings a sense of excitement as everyone waits for everything to play out and see who the Mavericks would face in the first round. After the exit interviews tomorrow, we know that things will be dormant until the anticipation of the NBA draft on June 27.

The toughest day of the year for a team is the final game of the season when they have nothing else to play for. We shall if the team led by prideful veterans will impose their spirit on the rest of the team, ensuring that the season ends on a high note.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Hornets.

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Setting the Table: New Orleans Hornets (Game 80)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 14, 2013 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (39-40) will once again be in a shave game as they head to the bayou to take on the New Orleans Hornets (27-53). Since their game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Mar. 26, Dallas has had three opportunities to get back to .500 and have failed miserably in each attempt. On Mar. 28, they suffered a 103-78 loss to the Pacers. In the biggest game of the year, the Mavericks brought a dud to their game against the Los Angeles Lakers, suffering a 101-81 loss on Apr. 2. The most embarrassing of the previous three attempts came against the Phoenix Suns as they fell asleep in a 102-91 loss on Apr. 10.

Their fourth opportunity sends them to an unfriendly location. Dallas is looking to hit the .500 mark since they were 11-11 on Dec. 12. Pride and beards are on the line.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Hornets.

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Setting the Table: New Orleans Hornets (Game 54)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 22, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (24-29) continue their push towards the 8th seed as they take on a scrappy New Orleans Hornets (19-36) squad. The Mavericks will once again be short-handed as Chris Kaman is still inactive due to his concussion. Good news did come on Thursday as Rick Carlisle told reporters that Kaman participated in contact drills and there’s a return date in mind. “We’ve got to get at least one more practice in before he can play,” Carlisle told reporters. “If things continue to go well, he’ll be a possibility for Sunday.” They will be without Dahntay Jones as he was traded moments before the trade deadline came in exchange for Anthony Morrow.

The Mavericks are on a bit of a nice as they’ve gone 11-6 snce falling 10 games below .5oo. You have to go back to Christmas to find a time where the Mavericks were four games below .500, which is what they would be with a victory over the Hornets.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Hornets.

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Quoteboard: New Orleans Hornets 99, Dallas Mavericks 96

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 6, 2013 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks continue to struggle when it comes to overtime. The Mavericks suffered a 99-96 overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets. New Orleans used a 30-13 run from the 5:14 mark of the third quarter through the 7:12 mark of the fourth period to turn an 11-point deficit, 60-49, into a six-point advantage, 79-73. With the overtime loss, Dallas tied an NBA record with their 10th consecutive overtime loss, joining Atlanta, Golden State and Minnesota in that dubious club. Dallas dropped to 0-7 in overtime games this season. The franchise record for the most overtime games in a season is eight (which occurred in three different seasons).  Dallas went 4-4 in overtime games in 1995-96, 4-4 in overtime games in 1997-98 and 5-3 in overtime games in 2009-10.

The Mavericks are 12-3 this season when they lead going into the fourth quarter. They are now 8-1 at home when leading going into the fourth. All three of the Mavericks’ losses in such games have come in overtime (at Charlotte Nov. 10, 2012; at Oklahoma City Dec. 27, 2012; versus New Orleans Jan. 6, 2013). The Mavericks are also 12-5 this season when they build at least a 10-point lead. All five of the Mavericks’ losses in such games have been decided in overtime (led by 15 at Charlotte on Nov. 10, 2012 but lost 101-97; led by 13 at Minnesota on Dec. 15, 2012 but lost 114-106; led by 11 at Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, 2012 but lost 111-105; led by 10 at Miami on Jan, 2, 2013 but lost 119-109; led by 11 versus New Orleans on Jan. 6, 2013 but lost 99-96).

Dirk Nowitzki made his first start of the season (1,031st career) against the Hornets on Saturday. The Mavericks used their 15th different starting lineup in their 34thgame of the season. Nowitzki played in his seventh game of the year and tallied a season-best 20 points to go along with a season-high-tying six boards in a season-high 34 minutes. His previous high scoring game this season was 19 points, which he recorded in Dallas’ previous game at Miami. He went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc against New Orleans and is now tied with Mookie Blaylock for 30th place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point field goals made list with 1,283 career treys. Nowitzki is averaging 16.7 points per game on 50 percent shooting over his last three games. He is averaging 26.7 minutes per game over his last three contests.

Here is the quoteboard for the overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets

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Setting the Table: New Orleans Hornets (Game 34)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 5, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (13-20) look to get back on track after a tough overtime loss to the Miami Heat as they host the New Orleans Hornets (7-25). The big news leading up to the game against the Hornets was a lingering possibility of Dirk Nowitzki starting for the first time this season. Dirk practiced with the starters for a majority of the time during the team’s practice on Friday afternoon. Dirk’s minutes have gradually increased since he returned to the lineup for the Mavericks. He played 29 minutes in the overtime loss at Miami on Jan. 2, the most he has played since his Dec. 23 return against San Antonio.

The news was made official at the team’s shootaround as Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Dirk will make his first start of the season against the Hornets. His return to the starting lineup does create a question that will be examined later in the preview.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Hornets

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Setting the Table: New Orleans Hornets (Preseason)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 22, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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Another division rival comes into the American Airlines Center as the Mavericks host the New Orleans Hornets. It would have been an in-game reunion between Chris Kaman and his former team, but the big man is once again sitting out due to a strained right calf. There will still be a reunion as Darren Collison gets to play against the team that originally drafted him. Dallas will be looking to bounce back after a rough outing on Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks. It continues to be a trial and error process for the Mavericks as they adapt to life without Dirk Nowitzki.

The Mavericks will get to see two exciting rookies in the form of Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Those rookies will likely be the major building blocks, along with Eric Gordon, as the Hornets continue to move through the Chris Paul era.

Here are some notes of interest as the Mavericks take on the Hornets.

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