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Doncic scores 33, powers Mavericks past Pelicans, 118-97

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Luka Doncic has Dallas coach Rick Carlisle searching for new superlatives to describe his second-year star.

Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter and grabbed 18 rebounds in just 28 minutes to power the Mavericks to a 118-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

''Eighteen rebounds is a lot. That's a lot of rebounds for a point guard,'' the normally measured Carlisle said with a smile. ''I don't care what planet you're from. That's tremendous.''

Doncic shot 9 of 18 from the field, making five 3-pointers, and hit 10 of 13 free throws to lead the Mavericks to their eighth victory in the last nine games.

The 6-foot-7 Doncic had 12 points the first quarter and then broke open a three-point game by scoring 15 of the Mavericks' 25 points in the final 9:18 of the third, when Dallas built a 84-75 lead. Two of Doncic's jumpers came from at least 25 feet with no defender in his face.

''I can shoot from halfcourt, too,'' Doncic said with a laugh.

''He has unlimited range,'' said Dallas center Kristaps Porzingis, who was saddled with early foul trouble and played only 18 minutes, allowing him to watch the Doncic show. ''Not only that, but he can get to the rim any time he wants and facilitate for others. He's hooping right now.''

Or, as Dallas owner Mark Cuban said when walking out of the Mavericks' locker room: ''He's unbelievable.''

Dallas led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter and coasted home. Doncic said his rebounding wasn't that difficult against the Pelicans.

''I felt like the ball was just coming into my hands after they missed,'' he said. ''I didn't even know I had 18.''

Seth Curry added 19 points off the bench for the Mavericks, and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber each had 12.

Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 for New Orleans, which lost its sixth consecutive game.

Doncic had 18 points and eight rebounds to spark the Mavericks to a 59-53 halftime lead. The Mavs overcame a sloppy offensive start in which they committed five turnovers in the first 3:44 and also misfired on 23 of their first 29 shots.

The Pelicans scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to take a 35-24 lead, but Dallas responded with a 27-11 run, getting most of its firepower from the bench. Backup point guard J.J. Barea nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and added a driving bank shot to lead the surge.

New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said his team played well enough defensively but could not overcome 27% 3-point shooting and 40% shooting overall.

''You've got to be able to score, and we couldn't get the ball in the basket tonight,'' Gentry said. ''We missed 12 layups. We missed 21 shots in the paint.''

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Porzingis finished with seven points. ... The Mavericks won just nine road games all last season but are 8-2 away from home this season. . Carlisle said Justin Jackson's improved play is in part due to his summer work, when he put on 15 pounds of muscle. ''He's a guy that gives us a lot of versatility.''

Pelicans: Lonzo Ball was 2 of 10 from 3-point range. . Gentry is trying to solve his team's end-of-game woes. ''We have a tendency to fall off, especially in the last six minutes of the game. It's almost as if we play isolation basketball. We've got to get away from that.'' . Gentry marveled at Doncic's wise-beyond-his-years game. ''He's been doing this since he was 15 years old. He's been playing with grown men. He was European player of the year when he was 18.''

AWARD WINNER

Doncic was chosen the Western Conference player of the month for November, and Carlisle said it was richly deserved. ''He's been great really from the start of the entire season,'' Carlisle said. ''It's really cool. The guy's fun to watch, and he's a great competitor.''

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.

Pelicans: Host Phoenix on Thursday.

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Key Players
L. Doncic
77 SF
B. Ingram
14 SF
34.1 Min. Per Game 34.1
25.5 Pts. Per Game 25.5
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
48.4 Field Goal % 48.9
48.1 Three Point % 48.7
82.3 Free Throw % 82.7
  NO team rebound 0:00
  Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Seth Curry 0:23
  Frank Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
  NO team rebound 0:30
  Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed driving layup, blocked by Delon Wright 0:30
+ 3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
+ 2 Jaxson Hayes made dunk 0:55
  Offensive rebound by Jaxson Hayes 0:55
  Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed layup 0:55
Team Stats
Points 118 97
Field Goals 38-88 (43.2%) 38-94 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 19-45 (42.2%) 11-41 (26.8%)
Free Throws 23-27 (85.2%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 59 56
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 41 38
Team 8 9
Assists 22 20
Steals 5 4
Blocks 8 4
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 14 19
Technicals 1 0
33 PTS, 18 REB, 5 AST
24 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 14-6 24352534118
home team logo Pelicans 6-15 2429222297
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 14-6 118.0 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.3 APG
home team logo Pelicans 6-15 112.7 PPG 44.2 RPG 24.7 APG
Key Players
L. Doncic SF 30.0 PPG 9.8 RPG 9.2 APG 47.6 FG%
B. Ingram SF 24.9 PPG 7.1 RPG 3.8 APG 49.0 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Doncic SF 33 PTS 18 REB 5 AST
B. Ingram SF 24 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
43.2 FG% 40.4
42.2 3PT FG% 26.8
85.2 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Doncic 33 18 5 9/18 5/12 10/13 0 28 0 0 4 2 16 +16 57
T. Hardaway Jr. 12 3 2 5/11 2/7 0/0 0 25 1 1 1 0 3 -3 20
K. Porzingis 7 6 1 2/11 1/3 2/2 4 17 0 5 1 2 4 -13 19
D. Finney-Smith 7 3 1 3/8 0/3 1/1 3 37 1 0 2 0 3 +22 11
D. Powell 6 4 0 3/3 0/0 0/1 1 26 1 0 0 0 4 +15 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Doncic 33 18 5 9/18 5/12 10/13 0 28 0 0 4 2 16 +16 57
T. Hardaway Jr. 12 3 2 5/11 2/7 0/0 0 25 1 1 1 0 3 -3 20
K. Porzingis 7 6 1 2/11 1/3 2/2 4 17 0 5 1 2 4 -13 19
D. Finney-Smith 7 3 1 3/8 0/3 1/1 3 37 1 0 2 0 3 +22 11
D. Powell 6 4 0 3/3 0/0 0/1 1 26 1 0 0 0 4 +15 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 19 4 1 6/11 5/7 2/2 4 27 0 0 1 0 4 +32 24
M. Kleber 12 4 0 3/5 2/3 4/4 0 20 0 1 0 4 0 +19 17
J. Barea 8 2 6 3/7 2/3 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 2 +2 22
D. Wright 5 4 5 1/6 1/3 2/2 1 24 1 1 1 1 3 +13 20
J. Jackson 5 3 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 16 1 0 0 1 2 +1 9
J. Brunson 4 0 1 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 +1 6
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Cleveland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Reaves - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Roby - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Broekhoff - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 118 51 22 38/88 19/45 23/27 14 235 5 8 10 10 41 +105 216
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Ingram 24 5 6 8/16 1/3 7/7 2 36 3 1 1 0 5 -10 44
J. Holiday 18 4 4 8/18 0/3 2/6 3 36 0 2 2 3 1 -22 30
J. Redick 14 6 4 5/15 2/8 0/0 2 30 0 0 1 0 6 -13 27
J. Hayes 9 8 0 4/5 0/0 1/2 4 25 0 0 1 2 6 -11 16
L. Ball 6 6 3 2/12 2/10 0/0 1 30 0 0 1 1 5 -8 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Ingram 24 5 6 8/16 1/3 7/7 2 36 3 1 1 0 5 -10 44
J. Holiday 18 4 4 8/18 0/3 2/6 3 36 0 2 2 3 1 -22 30
J. Redick 14 6 4 5/15 2/8 0/0 2 30 0 0 1 0 6 -13 27
J. Hayes 9 8 0 4/5 0/0 1/2 4 25 0 0 1 2 6 -11 16
L. Ball 6 6 3 2/12 2/10 0/0 1 30 0 0 1 1 5 -8 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Hart 11 6 0 4/8 3/6 0/0 4 26 0 0 1 0 6 -9 16
N. Alexander-Walker 7 3 0 3/9 1/4 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 1 2 -12 10
N. Melli 7 8 2 3/7 1/4 0/0 3 21 1 1 2 2 6 -9 19
E. Moore 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 -13 3
F. Jackson 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 2 0 1 +2 1
D. Favors - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Cheatham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Williamson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 47 20 38/94 11/41 10/15 19 235 4 4 11 9 38 -105 183