Shawn Marion had 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-89 on Sunday night.
Brandan Wright and Vince Carter added 16 points off the bench for Mavericks, who reached .500 for the first time since they were 11-11 in mid-December. They had lost by double digits in their three previous chances to even their record.
Ryan Anderson led the cold-shooting Hornets with 20 points, but he was only 8 of 20 from the floor. Eric Gordon contributed 15 points, and Robin Lopez had 10 points and 13 rebounds. New Orleans shot 39.7 percent in its final home game.
Dallas put this one away early, going on an 11-0 run after New Orleans scored the first basket and extending the advantage to as many as 27 points in the first half.
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