The Mavericks shouldn't have let this game come as closely as they did. They looked like they were going to cruise through the whole game and have a coast to coast win until the Pelicans got going in the third quarter to start their rally, that the Mavericks would end up having to rally back from.
The Mavericks were up 66-49 with just seconds remaining in the first half when Tyreke Evans would hit a three pointer just before the buzzer to give the Pelicans a little more hope in their rally. This would give them momentum before halftime and they roared out in the third quarter beating the Mavericks 37-20 in that period. Tyreke Evans had 16 of the points for the Pelicans in the period, showing that he had the hot hand for New Orleans. But Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks found a way to stop him though, because after 3 early fourth quarter points, Evans was unable to score the rest of the night.
Dallas probably shouldn't have won this game. They were awful on their 3 point shooting (6-25, 24%), awful at their costless throws (11-19, 57.4%), but they were just more balanced across the court. Six players for the Mavericks had at least double digits in points, and J.J. Barea and Jameer Nelson both had 8 as well. It's difficult to play defense when everyone has the green light with the open look. Dallas won the game because they shot over 50% from the floor tonight. Player of the game for the Mavericks goes to Chandler Parsons with 17 points and 4 assists. But the real player of the whole game was Anthony Davis. He had a monster night scoring 31 points and getting 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. He also was 13-16 from the costless throw line. He has a complete game and is ready to show it throughout the NBA.
The Mavericks will head back to Dallas to take on the Boston Celtics on Monday night, November 3rd. The Pelicans will play the same night further north as they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.