J.J. Barea scored a season-high 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored four of his season-low 10 in the final 59 seconds, sending the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-90 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night.
Barea scored 19 points in the first half, helping Dallas build
an early 21-point lead. Then New Orleans coach Jeff Bower benched
all his starters except Chris Paul and the Hornets got aggressive
on both ends of the court. They tied it at 60 and kept clawing
back, even after the Mavericks went back ahead 90-83 when Nowitzki
made a 20-footer in the final minute.
Paul had 20 points and 16 assists. Darius Songaila tied a season
high with 12 points while playing only the fourth quarter.