CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges scored 23 factors, P.J. Washington added a season-high 21 and the Charlotte Hornets routed the road-weary Dallas Mavericks 129-108 on Saturday night time for their fourth straight victory.
Terry Rozier scored 18 factors, and LaMelo Ball and Kelly Oubre every had 17 factors for the Hornets. They shot 20 of 42 from 3-point vary.
“We knew it was going to turn around for us eventually,” Bridges mentioned, referring to the Hornets shedding 11 of their last 13 video games in February.
Luka Doncic had 37 factors and eight 3s for the Mavericks, who had been enjoying their fifth highway sport in eight nights and on the second night time of a back-to-back. Doncic didn’t play within the fourth quarter with the sport out of hand.
The Hornets (36-35) moved into sole possession of ninth place within the Eastern Conference, a half-game forward of Atlanta. They are one sport behind eighth-place Brooklyn.
“We are playing well, we are playing hard and we are playing together and that’s all I can ask for,” Hornets coach James Borrego mentioned. “… Right now we have to sustain it and keep our foot on the gas.”
Said Bridges: “As long as we keep playing like this I think we’re going to be good in the standings.”
The Hornets are enjoying unselfish basketball, averaging 34 assists throughout their win streak.
“We all are good 1-on-1 players and it is tough sometimes to get to the second side” of the court, Bridges said. “But everybody is buying into the offense.”
The Mavericks (43-28) beat Houston, Boston and Brooklyn to open the five-game journey, however misplaced at Philadelphia and Charlotte on consecutive nights to fall 1 1/2 video games behind the fourth-place Utah Jazz within the West.
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd mentioned his crew’s play on protection over the past two video games wants to enhance.
“Sometimes when you rely on scoring when things are good there can be some slippage on the defensive end,” Kidd mentioned. “We are trending down and we have to pay attention to that and get back to playing the way that we have in the past.”
The Hornets got here out of the gates sizzling, bolting to a 19-4 lead after making their first seven pictures from the sphere, together with 5 3s. The Mavericks regarded sluggish closing out on pictures as Charlotte made eight 3s within the first quarter.
Dallas confirmed indicators of life by battling again to take the lead late within the second quarter, however the Hornets closed the primary half on an 11-0 run to take a 61-52 edge on the break.
Charlotte pulled away within the third quarter regardless of 21 factors from Doncic, and prolonged the result in 32 within the fourth quarter. Charlotte was 15 of twenty-two from the sphere within the third quarter and outscored the Mavericks 41-28 as Bridges and Washington mixed for 23 factors.
Nobody performs extra zone than the Hornets, and that was on full show towards the Mavericks.
Kidd mentioned that he expects extra groups to play zone towards them within the playoffs, so Saturday night time’s sport was studying expertise for his crew.
“Teams are trying to take the ball out of Luka’s hands, so other guys are going to have to make plays and step up and make shots,” Kidd said. “So this is a great dress rehearsal for them.”
Mavericks: Spencer Dinwiddie (harm restoration, proper knee), Tim Hardaway Jr. (left foot surgical procedure) and Theo Pinson (proper fifth finger fracture) all sat out. … Davis Bertans fouled out early within the fourth quarter with two factors. … With the Mavs trailing by 31 within the fourth quarter, Dallas followers within the crowd started chanting “We want Boban” Marjanovic. He didn’t play.
Hornets: Gordon Hayward missed his sixteenth straight sport with a sprained left ankle.
Mavericks: Host Minnesota on Monday night time.
Hornets: Host New Orleans on Monday night time.
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