Mavericks arrest three-game skid with victory over Pelicans
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki drives against New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham. AP

HARRISON Barnes scored 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock as the Dallas Mavericks ended its three-game losing streak with a 96-83 victory over the new-look New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). 

The 38-year old Nowitzki scored 18 points on 8 for 12 shooting (2/2 on 3-pointers) in 28 minutes on the court.   

Barnes was 7 of 15 from the field and made some crucial baskets in the fourth quarter.

Seth Curry had 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds while Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 points to lead the Mavs’ second unit.

New Orleans had a 49-47 lead at halftime but Dallas held the Pelicans to just 34 points in the second half with the visitors limited to a 39 percent shooting clip and 20 turnovers.

The loss spoiled Anthony Davis’ 39-point, 14-rebound performance. DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals while JRue Holiday added 18 points for the Pelicans who have lost 7 of their last 10 games. 

The rest of Pelicans bench only scored 12 points. 

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