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Pelicans absolutely humiliated by Mavericks reserves, 100-91

With Dallas resting 4 of their 5 starters, one would have assumed New Orleans would have been able to walk away with an easy win. NOPE!

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Prior to tonight's matchup, the Mavericks announced Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Zaza Pachulia would all sit out the contest after each player spent 40+ minutes on the floor in their double overtime win over the Sacramento Kings last night.

Easy win? Hardly. Try the Pelicans most humiliating defeat of the season. Seriously.

New Orleans raced out to a 16-9 lead against Dallas, or more aptly put, the Mavericks B-team. Yet, as well as it was going early, the good times dried up quickly. The Pelicans stopped making baskets for the rest of the first quarter and well into the second. At one point, their field goal percentage dropped to under 30%. Teams get cold, but the Pelicans added to the heaping mess with poor shot selection (a theme that continued throughout the night). For instance, Ryan Anderson thought it was wise to attempt a 22-foot fadeaway against the diminutive J.J. Barea.

For the rest of the first half, a few shots started dropping, but on the other end, the Pelicans allowed too many easy baskets. Parsons had a cool 19 points on 8-11 from the floor, yeah, the player who was close to sitting out the contest due to a hip injury. New Orleans failed to stop the Mavericks only legitimate starter. Embarrassing.

For most of the first half, the only positive performer was Anthony Davis. He had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He shot 7-14 from the floor, his teammates a frigid 11-36 (30.6%).

So how did the Pelicans start out in the 2nd half? They gave up a lob dunk to JaVale McGee, and then Omer Asik had to burn a timeout 21 seconds in because he couldn't find an open teammate. Although the Pelicans found some momentum soon after, building an 8-point lead, they couldn't close the deal. Far from it. Thanks to Davis going scoreless and New Orleans committing 7 turnovers, New Orleans found themselves down 3 points heading into the final period.

The fourth quarter went even worse. Much worse. The Pelicans began fouling Mavericks away from the rim. Then New Orleans started pressing, launching desperation three-pointers with over six minutes remaining in the game and just a 10-point deficit. The team did make a small run late, but they never closed the gap to under five points.

Anthony Davis finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Tyreke Evans added 16 points and Eric Gordon finished with 14.

Chandler Parsons finished with 21 points, and Raymond Felton added 22 for the Mavericks.

Stay tuned for Zachary's full recap later because I promise it won't be sugarcoated.

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