A thirteen point-spread in the second quarter proved to be enough cushion for the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night, as they took down the Charlotte Bobcats by a 89-83 final, thanks to a balanced scoring attack that was too much to overcome.
Veterans Shawn Marion and Vince Carter joined with Jose Calderon, each chipping in 13 points apiece in the win, with Marion adding eight rebounds, as well.
The Mavericks shot 37.5 percent from the line (9-24), which helped the team top a cold Bobcats’ offense that didn’t net a single three-pointer all night, shooting 0-for-7.
Charlotte controlled the boards, which is a promising sign for the young squad, as they outrebounded Dallas by a 46-38 margin. However, that was essentially cancelled out by 22 turnovers – seven more than the veteran Mavs committed.
Cody Zeller led all Charlotte scorers with 14 points and ten boards and guard Kemba Walker tacked on a dozen of his own to go with four assists.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tallied eight points and nine boards, but despite the fact Charlotte outscored Dallas 46-39 in the second half, the Mavericks were able to hold on for a ‘W’.