New Orleans Pelicans
A night after scoring only 2 points, his fewest in a game since 2006, Monta Ellis scored 26 points, and the Mavericks outlasted the Pelicans by a score of 112-107 on Wednesday night.
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.
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.
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.
Dallas Mavericks recovered from a cold start to beat New Orleans 110-107 on Saturday night.
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.
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.
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.