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Dallas 125, New Orleans 107
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Officials: #46 Ben Taylor, #18 Matt Boland, #4 Sean Wright
Attendance: 4373

Luka Doncic scored 33 points as the host Dallas Mavericks moved closer to clinching one of the top six spots in the Western Conference and eliminated the New Orleans Pelicans from play-in contention with a 125-107 victory Wednesday night.

Doncic bounced back from a 12-point, 4-of-16 shooting performance in a loss at Memphis on Tuesday to score 17 points in the second quarter as Dallas started the period with a 26-5 run on its way to a 77-58 halftime lead.

The Mavs increased the lead to 31 points in the third quarter and held a 111-80 lead at the end of the period.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis returned from a seven-game absence due to right knee soreness to score 19 and Dwight Powell had 12 points as Dallas (41-29) ended the night tied for fifth place in the West after winning for the fifth time in six games. Portland also improved to 41-29 by beating Utah on Wednesday.

Eric Bledsoe and Jaxson Hayes scored 15 each, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis Jr. added 13 each, Willy Hernangomez had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Naji Marshall scored 12 and James Johnson had 11 for New Orleans.

The Pelicans (31-39) played without four injured starters as Lonzo Ball (thumb) joined Zion Williamson (finger), Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Steven Adams (foot) on the sideline.

Porzingis scored 12 points to help the Mavs take a 32-30 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Doncic had eight points as Dallas scored the first 10 points of the second quarter.

Hayes ended the run with a tip-in, but Willie Cauley-Stein scored the next five points.

Doncic made two more 3-pointers as the Mavs extended the lead to 58-35 midway through the period.

Dallas led by as many as 25 points before Alexander-Walker beat the buzzer with a layup that trimmed the Mavs' lead to 77-58 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Orleans   Dallas
Eric Bledsoe 15 Scoring Luka Doncic 33
Eric Bledsoe 4 Assists Luka Doncic 8
Willy Hernangomez 10 Rebounds Luka Doncic 8
Jaxson Hayes 7 Free Throws Made Tim Hardaway Jr. 4
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 1 Steals Willie Cauley-Stein 1
Wenyen Gabriel 1 Blocks Willie Cauley-Stein 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 107 41.4 7-28 28-38 18 44 2 5 13
Dallas 125 49.0 15-45 16-20 23 48 2 4 8
Upcoming Games
  • Dallas will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Mavericks have a W/L % of .575 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Golden State. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .406 after a win and .474 after a loss.