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Cousins, Davis help Pelicans stifle last-place Mavs 99-94

DALLAS (AP) DeMarcus Cousins had his second 20-20 game in barely a week. His coach noticed the smaller number from his burly center - assists.

Cousins had 20 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists, Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 30 points and had 13 boards and the Pelicans opened a four-game trip with a 99-94 victory over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

The 6-foot-11 Cousins was eight days removed from season highs of 41 points and 23 rebounds in a win over Sacramento, his former team. The game after that, he had his seventh career triple-double in a blowout victory at home over LeBron James and Cleveland.

''They are pretty good in the post and pretty good outside,'' coach Alvin Gentry said about Cousins and the 6-10 Davis. ''The thing that I love is that they are also unselfish players. You look at DeMarcus and most nights he has seven assists, eight assists, nine assists.

''AD is in the post and finding the right people, and scoring pretty much at will.''

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points for the Mavericks, who are 1-9 for the first time since 1993-94. That was the second straight 1-9 start for teams that lost an average of 70 games over two seasons.

''I thought there were a couple of times tonight we passed up some shots we had,'' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. ''The last three games we've had some pretty big skyscrapers in there.''

Jrue Holliday added eight assists and a season-high eight rebounds for the Pelicans, who were coming off two straight home losses.

Davis was 10 of 19 from the field and Cousins 8 of 16 to offset an otherwise cold night for the Pelicans. They shot 40 percent and were 7 of 29 from 3-point range. Cousins had four of the long-range misses without making one.

''We are just trying to dominate in the paint,'' said Davis, who matched his season high with three blocks. ''Knowing that they don't have a lot of rim protection, we did a great job of finding each other.''

The starting Dallas backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews went a combined 10 of 32 as the Mavericks shot 39 percent. Smith scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter after a high-flying dunk in the first half.

''We were taking too long to make our decisions whether we are going to attack, pass or shoot,'' Smith said. ''We just have to get used to switching.''

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Cousins tied his career high with 20 defensive rebounds. ... Davis and Cousins were a combined 9 of 10 in the first quarter, with Davis scoring 13 and Cousins 10. ... E'Twaun Moore scored 11 points, and Tony Allen added 10. Darius Miller was 3 of 5 from long range for nine points.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, the 39-year-old in his 20th season, scored seven points on 2-of-9 shooting and is at 39 percent for the season. ... Matthews, who had seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, got a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining about a foul.

BACK AND FORTH

The Pelicans led by 14 in the first quarter before Barnes scored 13 second-quarter points to help the Mavericks take their only lead at 31-30. New Orleans pushed the margin back to 17 in the third and fourth quarter - and let the lead dwindle to six in both quarters as well. ''Man, we are not worried about that,'' Davis said. ''We don't care about putting away or not. We just want to win.''

MEJRI SUCCESS

Backup Dallas center Salah Mejri had 13 rebounds and five blocks while starter Nerlens Noel went scoreless with seven rebounds while playing just 13 minutes. Mejri scored seven points. ''Salah always battles Cousins well,'' Carlisle said. ''He's willing to give his body and take charges.''

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Saturday night at Chicago in first back-to-back of season. Bulls have won six straight in series.

Mavericks: Saturday night at Minnesota in third back-to-back of season.

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Key Players
D. Cousins
0 C
H. Barnes
40 F
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
16.3 Pts. Per Game 16.3
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
48.9 Field Goal % 40.8
47.6 Three Point % 38.8
80.8 Free Throw % 72.9
+ 3 Dennis Smith Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 2 Tony Allen made dunk, assist by Jameer Nelson 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Jameer Nelson 0:07
  Yogi Ferrell missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Jrue Holiday 0:11
  Defensive rebound by Yogi Ferrell 0:15
  E'Twaun Moore missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
  Team rebound 0:18
  E'Twaun Moore missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Personal foul on Harrison Barnes 0:18
  Bad pass turnover on Salah Mejri 0:18
  Offensive foul on E'Twaun Moore 0:22
Team Stats
Points 99 94
Field Goals 36-89 (40.4%) 34-88 (38.6%)
3-Pointers 7-29 (24.1%) 9-34 (26.5%)
Free Throws 20-26 (76.9%) 17-22 (77.3%)
Total Rebounds 67 51
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 44 38
Team 14 4
Assists 23 19
Steals 9 4
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 23 24
Technicals 2 1
20 PTS, 22 REB, 7 AST
26 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
1234T
away team logo Pelicans 4-5 2827202499
home team logo Mavericks 1-9 2521173194
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 4-5 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Mavericks 1-9 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Davis F 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
H. Barnes F 18.9 PPG 6.1 RPG 2.0 APG 44.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Davis F 30 PTS 13 REB 4 AST
H. Barnes F 26 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
40.4 FG% 38.6
24.1 3PT FG% 26.5
76.9 FT% 77.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 40 30 13 4 1 3 4 4 10/19 0/2 10/12 1 12 51 +21
D. Cousins 38 20 22 7 1 0 4 5 8/16 0/4 4/4 2 20 53 +6
E. Moore 33 11 3 1 0 0 2 3 5/12 1/4 0/2 2 1 14 +14
J. Holiday 38 6 8 8 2 1 1 0 3/13 0/4 0/0 2 6 32 +2
D. Cunningham 16 4 1 0 1 0 0 4 1/4 1/3 1/2 1 0 6 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 40 30 13 4 1 3 4 4 10/19 0/2 10/12 1 12 51 +21
D. Cousins 38 20 22 7 1 0 4 5 8/16 0/4 4/4 2 20 53 +6
E. Moore 33 11 3 1 0 0 2 3 5/12 1/4 0/2 2 1 14 +14
J. Holiday 38 6 8 8 2 1 1 0 3/13 0/4 0/0 2 6 32 +2
D. Cunningham 16 4 1 0 1 0 0 4 1/4 1/3 1/2 1 0 6 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Allen 18 10 3 2 2 0 0 3 4/9 1/2 1/2 1 2 19 -9
D. Miller 12 9 2 0 0 0 1 2 3/6 3/5 0/0 0 2 10 -4
J. Nelson 27 6 1 1 2 0 0 1 1/5 0/2 4/4 0 1 11 -19
I. Clark 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 0 3 +11
J. Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -7
R. Rondo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 99 53 23 9 4 12 23 36/89 7/29 20/26 9 44 199 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 38 26 6 3 1 1 1 4 9/17 1/4 7/10 0 6 39 -17
D. Smith Jr. 28 16 3 4 0 0 4 2 7/20 2/8 0/0 1 2 23 -12
W. Matthews 38 7 2 1 0 0 0 3 3/12 1/6 0/0 1 1 11 -17
D. Nowitzki 21 7 6 0 0 0 1 1 2/9 0/1 3/3 0 6 12 -4
N. Noel 13 0 7 1 1 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 4 9 -18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 38 26 6 3 1 1 1 4 9/17 1/4 7/10 0 6 39 -17
D. Smith Jr. 28 16 3 4 0 0 4 2 7/20 2/8 0/0 1 2 23 -12
W. Matthews 38 7 2 1 0 0 0 3 3/12 1/6 0/0 1 1 11 -17
D. Nowitzki 21 7 6 0 0 0 1 1 2/9 0/1 3/3 0 6 12 -4
N. Noel 13 0 7 1 1 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 4 9 -18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Barea 22 13 4 5 0 0 4 0 5/9 3/6 0/0 1 3 23 +9
D. Harris 20 10 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/5 0/2 6/6 0 1 14 +14
S. Mejri 21 7 13 0 0 5 4 4 3/4 0/0 1/3 3 10 21 +6
Y. Ferrell 21 6 3 3 0 1 0 2 2/7 2/6 0/0 0 3 16 +11
D. Powell 12 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 2 7 +3
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Withey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Clavell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kleber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 94 47 19 4 7 15 24 34/88 9/34 17/22 9 38 175 -25