By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Game writer
DALLAS (AP) – Luka Donsik could not miss 3-point range in the 3rd quarter, Sizzling Stretch in the 3rd quarter – in the same way Sion Williamson was perfect throughout the first half.
Dallas was slightly warmer overall.
Doncic scored a career-high 46 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 36 and the Mavericks won Williamson’s career-best 36 points in a 143–130 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Doncic, who also had 12 kills and eight rebounds, connected three of the four Dallas 3-pointers in just 93 seconds as the Mavericks made 13 of their first 15 shots in the third quarter. The Mavericks finished their season best with a fourth consecutive win and defeated the Pelicans for the fifth straight time.
Williamson set a New Orleans franchise record by making all 10 of his shots in the first half – including rim-rattling docks on consecutive possessions – and finishing 14 of 14. His only miss was 3 in the second half.
Luca was phenomenal. (Porzingis) was unprecedented, ”said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. Williamson was funny. I mean, incredible, what he can do on the basketball floor. The ESPN crowd got a real treat tonight in terms of entertainment. But it was a pillow fight on defense. “
This season was scheduled to be his second meet with Dallas, with Brandon Ingram scoring 30 for the Pelicans. Previously due to COVID-19 issues, it was scheduled for 11 January.
The Pelicans gave up a franchise-record 25 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. Chicago made 25 in a 129–116 win two nights earlier.
New Orleans shot better than 50% (53%) for the sixth consecutive game, but gave up 58% shooting, allowing its highest points since a 147–140 loss to Golden State in January 2019.
“This is because we’re playing audacious defense,” coach Stan Van Ghani said. “Our defense is ridiculous. We tried everything tonight. This way two games in a row is unforgivable for me as a coach and for players it is unforgivable. “
Poringis, who ended his most three-point shyness after coming to Dallas in a blockbuster trade with New York in 2019, set a career high for any half with six 3-pointers before halftime. Four of them came in the first five-plus minutes.
7-foot-3 Latvians were 8 of 13 long-distance as Dallas shot 56% (25 of 45) from beyond the arc after coming in second-to-last in 3-point percentage from the NBA.
“Tonight was one of those games where things just clicked for both of us,” Porzingis said. “He was finding me open on the 3-point line. It energizes both of us and builds momentum for both us and the team only. “
Donsick, who finished his career-best 42nd in a recent scoring performance with Golden State star Stephen Curry, was 17 of 30 on the field, including 5 of 3, and threw 7 of 9 freebies. . The Slovenian sensation, the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, has won both meetings with top choice Williamson a year later.
“Sometimes there can be confidence and a team just hits hard shots,” Williamson said. “I think Luca went on a run there, where he hit like four or five tough, coping 3-pointers. There’s not really a defensive scheme you can do there. He’s just a great player Who is hitting hard shots. “
Josh Richardson, who had 11 points and six rebounds, hit the other 3 for Dallas’ first double-digit lead during Doncic’s hot streak beyond the arc in the third quarter.
The Mavericks were 108–104 early in the fourth when a sting from Willie Cole-Stein scored 15–4 for a 123–108 lead. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished it with a 3-pointer.
Pelicans: New Orleans lost a second straight game winning four games, its longest win this season. … Eric Bledos made all four of his 3-point attempts and scored 16 points. … Lonzo Ball had 12 points and seven assists.
The Mavericks: Dallas, scoring at least 120 points, completed more than 50% shooting for a third consecutive game and improved to 7–0. … Dorian Finn-Smith scored 14 points on 4-5 shooting from Long Range.
Doncic tied a franchise record shared by Mark Aguirre (1983–84) and Dirk Nowitzki (2005–06) with his 13th consecutive game of at least 25 points. The 21-year-old has at least 10 assists in all seven of the 40-point games of his career. This is the most game to start a career in NBA history.
Pelicans: The third game on a four-game road trip is Sunday in Detroit. The teams split the two-match series last season, but the Pelicans won 13 of the last 16 meetings.
The Mavericks: The Trail Blazers arrive on Sunday in the sixth game of a seven-game homestand. The last nine meetings have been decided by single digits. Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 61 points in the most recent meet in the Florida Bubbles.
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