The Dallas Mavericks staged a late rally, outscoring the Charlotte Bobcats 29-15 in the fourth quarter to earn an 89-82 victory.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 25 points and Monta Ellis added 22 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Al Jefferson had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bobcats while Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson each scored 16 points.
The Bobcats did an excellent job of the containing the Mavericks’ offense for the first 31 minutes and two seconds of the game, allowing just 47 points in that span. However, in the last 16 minutes and 58 seconds, the Mavericks exploded for 42 points and held the Bobcats to just 22 points during that same time frame.
Overall, this game was rather difficult on the eyes. The Bobcats shot 38.5% (30-of-78) from the field and 17.6% from beyond the arc (three-of-17). The Mavericks weren’t much better, shooting 40.2% (33-of-82) from the field, but they did manage to hit 38.1% of their three-pointers (eight-of-21).
Josh McRoberts, who scored 10 points, was the only other Bobcat in double figures while Jose Calderon (12) and Vince Carter (10) were the only other Mavericks to hit the mark.
The Mavericks are now 11-8 on the season. The Bobcats are 8-11.