After a promising start to the game, the New Orleans Pelicans soon fell behind and lost to the Mavericks 118-97. Here are 5 takeaways as they fall to 6-15.
A Good Start
The Pelicans have had a hard time starting games well all season long, often falling behind early, finding themselves in a hole they can’t quite get out of. Tonight, though, the Pelicans started off well, taking an early lead and ending the first quarter tied.
They picked things up even more to start the second quarter, going on an 11-0 run to take a double digit lead early. It was a great change of pace for a team that has quite regularly come out of the gate appearing unprepared and overwhelmed, waiting until the second half to find any semblance of a rhythm. Finally, the Pelicans showed up ready to play.
Undone By a Very Extended Slump
However, it was not to last. The Mavericks then went on to outscore the Pelicans by 17 the rest of the quarter to take a 6 point lead into the half. The Pelicans mostly stayed even with the Mavericks throughout the third, only being outscored by three.
But in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks began the quarter by going on a 20-9 run which extended their lead to 20 with about five minutes left, essentially burying the Pelicans chances of victory.
It wasn’t like the Mavericks went on any sort of massive run in the second half that stole all the Pelicans momentum. Instead it was more of a steady trickle of points that continued to accumulate as New Orleans failed to keep apace, falling more and more behind as the game went on.