Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Tuesday, November 11th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 4th

Hornets 97

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Mavericks 125


Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2003

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NO 24 30 16 2797
DAL 39 25 31 30125

Top Performers

NO: B. Davis 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Dal: A. Walker 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Nash perfect from downtown

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks finally got their lineup of All-Stars pulling in the same direction.

Steve Nash hit all five of his 3-point shots and sparked a decisive third-quarter run in the Mavericks' 125-97 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks, struggling to assimilate newcomers Antoine Walker, Antawn Jamison, Danny Fortson and Tony Delk into the lineup, had their most complete effort of the season, shooting 58, finishing with 40 assists and holding a 45-30 rebounding edge.

"Coming together with the group we have, we're bound to have some explosions," Nash said. "Hopefully this was a glimpse."

The Hornets cut a 19-point deficit in the second period to 66-60 early in the third. Then Nash hit a 3 that started a 23-2 burst capped by Jamison's dunk.

Walker had 21 points, Michael Finley 20 and Dirk Nowitzki 18 for the Mavericks. Nash finished with 17 points and 11 assists, and Fortson had nine points and 11 rebounds in Dallas' most-lopsided victory of the season.

"The most important thing was our defense," said Jamison, who had 12 points. "We controlled the boards and got the opportunity to run. This is what we're capable of doing."

Nowitzki said the key was Nash's unselfish play in the first quarter.

"He was controlling the game, getting everybody involved," Nowitzki said. "He was our MVP last season and that hasn't changed. We have so many weapons, we don't have to force shots. When we have 40 assists, that pretty much says it all."

Baron Davis had 25 points, 20 in the first half, for the Hornets.

David Wesley added 18 points for the Hornets, who handed the Los Angeles Lakers their first defeat of the season Friday night.

Dallas, which led all the way for the first time this season, got off to a fast start, shooting 17-for-25 in the first quarter to build a 39-26 edge.

Finley's 13 points and Fortson's seven points and seven rebounds helped Dallas to its highest-scoring first quarter of the season.

The Mavericks had 15 assists on their first 17 baskets, with Nash handing out seven of them in an effort to get his teammates rolling.

"We were moving the ball, sharing the ball, not forcing bad shots," Finley said.

The Hornets were unable to recover from the Mavericks' third-quarter run.

"It was 66-60, Nash hit a 3-pointer, and it was like we couldn't come back," said P.J. Brown of the Hornets. "It seems like we were stuck on 60-62 points. It was just a bad, bad quarter ... horrible."

Game notes

Don Nelson got his 250th victory with the Mavericks and is the second NBA coach with at least 250 wins with three teams. Lenny Wilkens is the other. ... Delk missed the game because of a hamstring injury.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 97 125
FGM-FGA 38-79 (.481) 54-93 (.581)
3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 9-19 (.474)
FTM-FTA 14-20 (.700) 8-10 (.800)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-30 17-45
Assists 19 40
Turnovers 18 16
Steals 8 9
Blocks 4 7
Fast Break Points 5 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 22 (1/0)

Top Performers

New Orleans
Baron Davis Davis
Points: 25
Reb: 5
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Antoine Walker Walker
Points: 21
Reb: 9
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 1