The Pelicans win streak was halted at five games in Dallas tonight; however, it wasn't because New Orleans rolled over. Rather, they looked like a team on the second night of a back-to-back because they started to miss all kinds of good looks in the second half.
The story started out good as both teams couldn't miss in the first half. On the strength of 9 3-pointers, the Pelicans held a slim 58-55 lead at intermission, despite getting whipped in the paint 30-12. In the 3rd quarter, the well of plenty dried up. The Pelicans failed to make a single trey, yet they continued to get beat up in the points in the paint department (14-4).
The fourth quarter never got close enough to make it interesting. The referees didn't call anything unless blood was drawn, but suddenly they had a change of heart for the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. By that time, that only ended up aiding the Mavericks for a bunch of freebies to maintain a 6 to 10 point edge.
For the game, the guards ran wild. Norris Cole rediscovered his shot scoring 19 points on 8-12 from the floor. Tyreke Evans added 17 points and 7 assists. Eric Gordon was perhaps the most consistent Pelican pouring in 18 points, 4 threes, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
Stay tuned for Quentin's full recap up shortly.