Mavs win 4th straight at home, 96-81 over Hornets

Vince Carter and Ian Mahinmi had 13 points each to
lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 96-81 victory over New Orleans on
Saturday to hand the depleted Hornets their sixth consecutive loss.
Carter and Mahinmi led a balanced scoring attack for the
Mavericks (4-5), who won their fourth straight at home and had six
players scoring in double figures.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead New
Orleans, which was without three players who are in its regular
rotation. Hornets post player Jason Smith missed the game to be
with his family after the death of his grandmother Friday night.
Guard Eric Gordon (bruised right knee) and forward Trevor Ariza
(groin strain) were also out.
The Hornets played their second of three games in four days.
They lost at home against the Nuggets on Friday, and play in Denver
on Monday.