New Orleans Pelicans

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Mavs Rest Starters, Fall To Pelicans 88-85

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle opted to rest stars such as Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler in Dallas’ penultimate preseason affair. The Mavericks were led by guard Gal Mekel’s 17 points.

10/24/2014

Melvin Ely of the Texas Legends looks on during the game against the Delaware 87ers during the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase on January 9, 2014 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. (credit: David Calvert/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pelicans Sign Ely From Texas Legends

The Pelicans have signed center Melvin Ely of the Texas Legends for the final two games of the season, beginning with Monday night’s home contest against Oklahoma City.

04/14/2014

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots against Al-Farouq Aminu #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans on February 26, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dirk Overcomes Shoulder Issue As Mavs Top Pelicans 108-89

Nowitzki shook off a shoulder issue in the first minute of the game to finish with 18 points, and the Mavericks beat the Pelicans 108-89 Wednesday night in Dallas.

02/27/2014

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Mavs Come Back To Beat Pelicans 110-107

Dallas Mavericks recovered from a cold start to beat New Orleans 110-107 on Saturday night.

01/11/2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 4: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during an NBA game on December 4, 2013 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nowitzki Carries Mavs Past Pelicans 100-97

Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks beat the Pelicans 100-97 to start of a four-game road trip.

12/05/2013

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 7: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes in for the dunk against the Dallas Mavericks on October 7, 2013 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mavs Open Preseason With ‘Deep-End’ Loss To Pelicans

Basketball is back — and in some cases Monday, good basketball was back. Despite 17 first-half turnovers, Mavericks rookie guard Ricky Ledo had a final shot to win the game.

10/08/2013

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, speaks at a press conference to announce the name change from the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena on January 24, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Hornets Change Name To Pelicans

Hornets owner Tom Benson is changing his team’s nickname to the Pelicans and said the switch will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship.

01/25/2013