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McCollum scores 32 points, Pelicans hold off Mavericks 113-106

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 13 of his 32 points in the last four minutes and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Dallas Mavericks 113-106 Wednesday night.

McCollum’s convincing finish came after each team lost a top player. The Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram left the team late in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle after scoring 12 points. Dallas star guard Luka Doncic left in the third with a strained left thigh after scoring 15 points.

The Mavericks lost as much as 19 points in the third quarter and double digits in the fourth quarter. But the Mavs suddenly got within striking distance with a 12-0 run that featured Davis Bertan’s 3, Kyrie Irving’s 4-point play on a 3 when he was fouled, and Christian Wood’s 3-point play on a layup when he was fouled began.

Irving capped the sprint with a layup down the baseline that made it 97-94 with a 4:12 left.

Then McCollum snagged the run with two clutch baskets — a 14-foot pullup and a 3. He added two more 3s and a floating bank shot to take it to 110-103 in the last minute, and New Orleans held from there from solid .

Trey Murphy III scored 16 for New Orleans. Herb Jones and Jaxson Hayes each added 14 points for the Pelicans.

Irving scored 27 points and Tim Hardaway Jr added 17 points for Dallas.

After a four-point win over Utah on Tuesday night, Dallas quickly faded after promising opening minutes. After hitting two of their first four 3s and going 14-6 on Powell’s alley-oop dunk off Doncic’s lob, the Mavs missed 13 of their next 14 shots from deep.

By the end of the first quarter, the Pelicans had tied it at 24 with rookie Dyson Daniels’ 3-pointer.

New Orleans then opened the second quarter with eight straight points on McCollum’s 3, Hayes’ alley-oop dunk and Naji Marshall’s banked 3, leading by as many as 18 points before taking a 59-43 lead at halftime.

Despite Ingram’s inability to return after the second quarter, New Orleans maintained a comfortable lead for most of the second half.

Jones scored eight of his points in the third quarter when Murphy hit two 3s, and New Orleans led 90-74 after Murphy’s third 3 of the half early in the fourth.


Mavericks: Wood finished with 15 points and Jaden Hardy 11. … Finished 16 of 46 (34.8%) from 3-point range. Doncic was penalized with a technical foul in the first quarter as he glared at official Natalie Sago after making a driving shot that he seemed to think he had also been fouled. … Reggie Bullock missed the game with an injured right quadriceps, Maxi Kleber was out with a right hamstring injury and center JaVale McGee was sidelined with a sprained right ankle.

Pelicans: The club announced ahead of the tip that all-star forward Zion Williamson will be out for at least two more weeks while he recovers from a January 2 injury to his right thigh. …shot 50.6% (42 of 83) overall and 48.1% (13 of 27) from deep. …passed Dallas 49-34.


Mavericks: Saturday in Memphis.

Pelicans: host Oklahoma City on Saturday.


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