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Barnes, Ferrell lead Mavericks past Hornets 115-111

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. had a simple strategy in the fourth quarter when it came to Harrison Barnes.

''Give him the ball and get out of the way,'' Smith said.

Barnes had 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Yogi Ferrell made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points and the Mavericks fended off fatigue to beat a fresh Charlotte Hornets team 115-111 on Wednesday night. Barnes made all five of his shots in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who won on back-to-back nights.

Barnes said he liked his matchup against Frank Kaminsky in the fourth quarter.

''I just tried to be aggressive and attack the rim,'' Barnes said. ''I saw a few shots drop and I was kind of in a rhythm after that. Coach kept going to me and just kept on converting.''

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called Barnes' game ''absolutely brilliant.''

''He hit on a variety of shots - 2s, 3s, drives,'' Carlisle said. ''Look that's what great players do. Really proud of him. He had a pretty good rhythm going all night. We just needed to get the ball in his hands.''

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points - one shy of his season high - and Smith had 15 points and six assists.

It was a crushing loss for the Hornets, who were coming off a 3-1 West Coast road trip that included a win over the Golden State Warriors.

Kemba Walker had 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting for the Hornets. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, but was an anemic 5 of 18 from the foul line, which proved costly in a close game.

The Mavericks were playing their third game in four days, while the Hornets were coming off a four-day layoff. But Dallas showed no signs of wearing down in the fourth quarter, repeatedly thwarting Charlotte's attempts to take the lead.

Charlotte trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Lamb buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull the Hornets even with 9 minutes left.

But the Hornets could never grab the lead.

The big play came with 2 minutes remaining when Salah Mejri ripped an offensive rebound away from Howard and kicked the ball out to Ferrell, who buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Mavericks a 5-point lead.

Barnes followed with a long 3 on the next possession.

''I told him, if you aren't getting the ball enough, let me know,'' Smith said. ''I will do whatever it takes to get it to you, especially if you are in a groove like that. That's what he does, he closes.''

TIP INS:

Mavericks: The team was awarded two-way forward Jalen Jones on a waiver claim. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on two-way guard Kyle Collinsworth.

Hornets: Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas said backup center Cody Zeller is ''not very close'' to returning to action following his left knee injury. ''He just started doing some spot shooting, but he's not very close,'' Silas said.

DIRK DOES IT AGAIN: Yes, it's painful to watch him run up and down the court, but Nowitzki still finds a way to be productive in his 20th season. He repeatedly hit big shots - both 3s and fadeaways - at clutch times.

''Dirk's really one of the most amazing athletes I've ever seen or been around,'' Carlisle said. ''To perform like this at the advanced age of 39 in the NBA is just unbelievable.''

HORNETS `DIRE' WITHOUT WALKER: The Hornets (15-24) are struggling, but Silas said things would be ''pretty dire'' to imagine the team without Walker, who is second in scoring among point guards in the Eastern Conference.

''He does everything,'' Silas said. ''He comes up with big steals. He goes for charges. He makes every big pick and roll play, every shot, every play for everybody else.''

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Host Lakers on Saturday.

Hornets: Host Jazz on Friday.

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Key Players
H. Barnes
40 SF
K. Walker
15 PG
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
21.3 Pts. Per Game 21.3
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
45.8 Field Goal % 42.7
45.5 Three Point % 42.0
82.6 Free Throw % 84.6
  Team rebound 0:00
  Nicolas Batum missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Harrison Barnes made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
+ 1 Harrison Barnes made 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Marvin Williams 0:08
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
  Team rebound 0:10
  Dwight Howard missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Shooting foul on Dwight Powell 0:10
  Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:10
  Kemba Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
Team Stats
Points 115 111
Field Goals 39-83 (47.0%) 43-84 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 15-36 (41.7%) 10-26 (38.5%)
Free Throws 22-28 (78.6%) 15-30 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 47 59
Offensive 3 4
Defensive 36 39
Team 8 16
Assists 23 16
Steals 7 6
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 8 11
Fouls 22 22
Technicals 1 1
25 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
41 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 15-28 20392432115
home team logo Hornets 15-24 28242534111
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 15-28 109.4 PPG 44.7 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logo Hornets 15-24 115.0 PPG 44.9 RPG 24.4 APG
Key Players
H. Barnes SF 15.9 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.3 APG 39.1 FG%
K. Walker PG 29.6 PPG 4.4 RPG 6.1 APG 46.5 FG%
Top Scorers
H. Barnes SF 25 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
K. Walker PG 41 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
47.0 FG% 51.2
41.7 3PT FG% 38.5
78.6 FT% 50.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 35 25 11 2 0 1 0 1 9/13 3/5 4/4 1 10 41 +6
Y. Ferrell 36 22 4 1 1 0 1 3 7/10 7/10 1/2 0 4 28 +6
D. Nowitzki 22 19 2 2 2 0 0 2 8/16 3/7 0/0 0 2 27 -3
D. Smith Jr. 31 15 3 6 0 2 1 1 4/13 0/5 7/8 0 3 31 +1
W. Matthews 36 4 4 3 1 1 0 0 2/8 0/3 0/0 0 4 16 +8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 35 25 11 2 0 1 0 1 9/13 3/5 4/4 1 10 41 +6
Y. Ferrell 36 22 4 1 1 0 1 3 7/10 7/10 1/2 0 4 28 +6
D. Nowitzki 22 19 2 2 2 0 0 2 8/16 3/7 0/0 0 2 27 -3
D. Smith Jr. 31 15 3 6 0 2 1 1 4/13 0/5 7/8 0 3 31 +1
W. Matthews 36 4 4 3 1 1 0 0 2/8 0/3 0/0 0 4 16 +8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Barea 20 12 6 5 0 0 2 2 4/9 2/3 2/3 0 6 26 +1
D. Harris 19 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 2/6 0/1 5/7 0 0 11 -2
M. Kleber 12 4 1 1 2 0 2 4 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 1 7 -14
D. Powell 12 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 0/0 0/0 3/4 1 1 6 -2
S. Mejri 13 2 6 2 1 2 2 6 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 13 +19
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Collinsworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 115 39 23 7 7 8 22 39/83 15/36 22/28 3 36 206 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 37 41 3 4 3 1 1 3 16/28 3/9 6/6 0 3 55 0
D. Howard 35 15 12 2 1 4 3 1 5/5 0/0 5/18 3 9 33 -6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 25 11 4 2 0 0 2 4 5/9 0/0 1/2 0 4 17 0
M. Williams 28 5 6 2 1 0 1 3 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 6 15 +3
N. Batum 31 4 7 1 0 0 1 0 2/9 0/2 0/0 1 6 12 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 37 41 3 4 3 1 1 3 16/28 3/9 6/6 0 3 55 0
D. Howard 35 15 12 2 1 4 3 1 5/5 0/0 5/18 3 9 33 -6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 25 11 4 2 0 0 2 4 5/9 0/0 1/2 0 4 17 0
M. Williams 28 5 6 2 1 0 1 3 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 6 15 +3
N. Batum 31 4 7 1 0 0 1 0 2/9 0/2 0/0 1 6 12 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 22 12 4 1 1 0 2 5 4/8 1/3 3/4 0 4 17 -4
F. Kaminsky 18 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 4/10 2/3 0/0 0 1 11 -5
M. Monk 11 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 0 10 +4
T. Graham 16 5 3 0 0 0 1 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 7 0
M. Carter-Williams 10 2 2 2 0 0 0 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 8 -4
J. O'Bryant 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -3
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 43 16 6 5 11 22 43/84 10/26 15/30 4 39 186 -20