The loss spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first start of the season and while he had a decent game and balanced support from his teammates, the Mavs once again couldn’t pull it out in OT.
Dirk’s 20 points and 6 rebounds were part of a good all-around effort in which the Mavericks held tight on shooting, rebounding and turnovers but simply couldn’t connect when it mattered most.
Despite little help from top rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez poured in 25 points and added 9 assists and 7 rebounds to lead the Hornets, one of the few teams in the league who has struggled as badly as the Mavericks. The loss appears to have the team and observers feeling they’ve hit rock bottom. They did fall to 13-21 and have lost 8 of the last 9 while New Orleans improved to 8-25.