Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hornets Extra: Mavericks 107, Hornets 80



The Dallas Mavericks are a team that's known for one thing: building up big leads and taking teams out of the game early, as they entered last night's game at Time Warner Cable Arena as the top scoring team in the league, and they showed the 4-7 Charlotte Hornets why they're the best as they scored early and often en route to a 107-80 win over Charlotte.  The loss was a frustrating one for Charlotte, according to head coach Steve Clifford, whose team recently came off a rough 1-3 West Coast road trip.

"We just didn't have the fight and against teams like that you have to be on it." Clifford said. "We weren't there tonight."  Things did look promising for the Hornets as they led the game early 5-0, but the Mavericks utilized their "Fun and Gun" offense to run up the score to almost a 30-point lead, with a good chunk of it coming from their captain, Dirk Nowitzki, who had 13 points as one of Dallas' 6 leading scorers, while Monta Ellis, one of the key free agent signings for the Mavs, led the team with 18 points.  Chandler Parsons, another key addition to the roster this season for Dallas, added in 17 points, while Tyson Chandler scored 14, as the Mavericks single-handed won the game themselves, out-shooting Charlotte(51.2%), and out-rebounding the Hornets by a 50-35 margin.

The lone bright spot for the Hornets in the loss last night was Gerald Henderson, who had an 18 point performance, as the Hornets were without Gary Neal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Charlotte will hit the road on Wednesday night to take on the Indiana Pacers, as Lance Stephenson will make his first appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as a member of the Hornets, for a 7:00 p.m. start, before they come back to "The Hive" on Friday night to square off against Vic Oladipo and the Orlando Magic.

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