The Dallas Mavericks entered Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans with one of the top-5 offenses in the NBA, and they left no doubt in supporting the data with a near-flawless effort on that side of the ball. Monta Ellis led a highly efficient charge (I’m as surprised as you) with 23 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals as the Mavs cruised past the Pelicans by a final score of 108-89.
As a team, the Mavericks were the picture of efficiency in this particular game, and that began with the 3-point line. Dallas converted on 10 of their 22 attempts from beyond the arc, and when you factor in that they were able to knock down nearly 52% of their overall shots, it’s easy to see how they were able to easily reach 108 points. The Mavs took care of the ball as well, committing only 9 turnovers to 19 from the Pelicans, and for good measure, Dallas made 16 of 17 free throws to top things off.
On the Pelicans end, the night was marred not only by the loss, but by a sprained shoulder for Anthony Davis. The 20-year-old All-Star left the game after only 13 minutes, and he was diagnosed at halftime with a sprained left shoulder caused by a collision with Samuel Dalembert while going after a rebound. Immediate details were sparse as far as recovery time for Davis, but this certainly isn’t good.
The Mavs are beginning to make believers out of doubters, but on the Pelicans side, their on-court product is suffering and their best player is in pain.