Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and Luka Doncic added 30 as the visiting Dallas Mavericks routed the New Orleans Pelicans 136-124 on Sunday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15, Josh Green had 13, Dereck Lively II had 10 for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 29 points before the Pelicans reserves trimmed the deficit at the end.
Brandon Ingram scored 20 points, Zion Williamson had 18, Dyson Daniels scored 17, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Ryan scored 14, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 11 and Jordan Hawkins 10 for the Pelicans, who lost their fifth straight game.
The Mavericks scored 22 points off 18 Pelicans turnovers and the Pelicans scored six points off six Mavericks turnovers.
New Orleans will host Dallas in a play-in tournament game Tuesday night.
Ingram made consecutive baskets and Valanciunas made one as the Pelicans crept within nine points early in the third quarter.
Irving made two 3-pointers to help the Mavericks rebuild the lead to 15.
Valanciunas scored eight straight New Orleans points to reduce the lead to nine again, but four Mavericks each made a 3-pointer during a 15-2 run that pushed the lead to 22.
Dallas led by as many as 25 points before holding a 109-85 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
The Pelicans led by three points on two occasions before the Mavericks finished the first quarter with a strong push.
Irving, Dwight Powell, who finished with 10 rebounds, and Hardaway scored four points each during a 12-2 run that gave Dallas a 34-27 lead at the end of the period.
The Mavericks kept rolling at the start of the second quarter, using an 11-4 run to open a 14-point lead.
New Orleans trimmed the lead to nine on a 3-pointer by Daniels, but Irving answered with two 3-pointers and Doncic added one for a 56-40 lead.
Dallas led by 16 on three more occasions before two baskets by Williamson and a 3-pointer by Hawkins helped the Pelicans get within 67-54 at halftime.
–Field Level Media
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