After 1: Hornets 25, Mavs 19

NEW ORLEANS -- The change in the Mavs’ starting lineup didn’t exactly provide the spark that Rick Carlisle hoped.

Then again, it’s not like a switch at shooting guard can solve the Mavs’ sudden problem defending centers.

New Orleans’ Chris Kaman is in the process of becoming the fourth consecutive big man to put up big numbers against the Mavs. Heck, at this pace, Wilt Chamberlain’s record might be in jeopardy on the 50th anniversary of the Big Dipper’s 100-point game.

OK, that’s an exaggeration, but Kaman does have 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.