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Early shooting barrage lifts Mavs to rare road victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. fueled an early long-range shooting blitz and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday night to end a nine-game road skid.

Doncic and Smith each had 18 points, and Harrison Barnes added 17. The Mavericks hit 10 first-quarter 3-pointers - three from Doncic and two from Smith - and finished with 18 overall.

Dallas won its first road game since Nov. 28. It entered the game with a NBA-worst 2-16 road record, compared to 15-3 at home.

The Mavericks led 42-26 after the first quarter, and Charlotte got no closer than 18 the rest of the game. Dallas led by at least 20 points for the final 26 1/2 minutes.

Dwight Powell scored 15 points, Wesley Matthews had 11, and DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Doncic added 10 rebounds and Smith seven assists, and the Mavericks didn't use any of their starters for more than 29 minutes in the game.

Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker's 11 points. Walker made 4 of 14 shots and missed all five of his 3-point tries in 27 minutes. He was pulled with 3:15 left in the third quarter and didn't return.

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Mavericks: Fayetteville native Smith played one year at N.C. State and bought 25 tickets for Wednesday's game. He had many other friends and family in attendance in his lone trip to his home state. He was one of three Mavericks with local ties; Barnes played at North Carolina, and 11th-year Dallas assistant coach Darrell Armstrong is a Gastonia native who played at Fayetteville State.

Hornets: They started only their fourth different lineup of the season Wednesday after Jeremy Lamb (right hamstring) and Cody Zeller (broken right hand) were injured in Monday's 125-100 home win over Orlando. Walker and Devonte Graham opened at guard, Nic Batum and Marvin Williams at forward and Willy Hernangomez at center. Graham, a 2018 second-round pick out of Kansas, made his first career start.

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Mavericks: Visit Boston Celtics on Friday.

Hornets: Begin a six-game, 10-day trip on Saturday in Denver. Charlotte also visits Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio before returning home Jan. 17 against Sacramento.

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Key Players
L. Doncic
77 SF
K. Walker
15 PG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
25.8 Pts. Per Game 25.8
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
43.6 Field Goal % 44.1
43.6 Three Point % 44.1
76.0 Free Throw % 82.2
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:02
+ 2 J.P. Macura made layup, assist by Frank Kaminsky 0:27
  Defensive rebound by J.P. Macura 0:45
  Out of bounds turnover on Dwayne Bacon 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Bismack Biyombo 1:03
+ 2 Bismack Biyombo made dunk, assist by J.P. Macura 1:21
  Defensive rebound by Dwayne Bacon 1:26
+ 2 Bismack Biyombo made hook shot, assist by J.P. Macura 1:44
  Offensive rebound by Salah Mejri 2:03
  Dorian Finney-Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 2:07
  Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri 2:19
Team Stats
Points 122 84
Field Goals 44-95 (46.3%) 32-90 (35.6%)
3-Pointers 18-45 (40.0%) 6-32 (18.8%)
Free Throws 16-18 (88.9%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 65 51
Offensive 12 12
Defensive 45 34
Team 8 5
Assists 31 23
Steals 9 4
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 10 14
Fouls 14 20
Technicals 1 1
18 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
11 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 18-19 42232928122
home team logo Hornets 18-19 2615241984
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 18-19 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 18-19 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Doncic SF 21.2 PPG 7.8 RPG 6.0 APG 42.7 FG%
K. Walker PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Doncic SF 18 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
K. Walker PG 11 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
46.3 FG% 35.6
40.0 3PT FG% 18.8
88.9 FT% 73.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Smith Jr. 18 0 7 6/10 3/5 3/4 1 22 3 0 2 0 0 +5 33
L. Doncic 18 10 4 7/16 3/7 1/2 0 26 0 0 2 1 9 +14 34
H. Barnes 17 4 1 5/14 2/8 5/5 1 29 1 1 0 0 4 +14 25
W. Matthews 11 3 1 3/7 1/5 4/4 1 25 1 1 0 0 3 +14 18
D. Jordan 8 13 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 24 0 1 0 4 9 +15 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Smith Jr. 18 0 7 6/10 3/5 3/4 1 22 3 0 2 0 0 +5 33
L. Doncic 18 10 4 7/16 3/7 1/2 0 26 0 0 2 1 9 +14 34
H. Barnes 17 4 1 5/14 2/8 5/5 1 29 1 1 0 0 4 +14 25
W. Matthews 11 3 1 3/7 1/5 4/4 1 25 1 1 0 0 3 +14 18
D. Jordan 8 13 1 4/7 0/0 0/0 3 24 0 1 0 4 9 +15 24
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Powell 15 8 2 5/6 2/3 3/3 1 23 1 1 1 3 5 +23 28
M. Kleber 8 4 1 3/3 2/2 0/0 0 12 1 0 2 0 4 +9 13
D. Finney-Smith 7 7 3 3/8 1/5 0/0 1 21 1 0 3 1 6 +24 18
D. Nowitzki 6 2 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 +15 8
J. Barea 5 2 6 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 13 1 0 0 1 1 +24 20
D. Harris 5 0 1 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 +18 7
S. Mejri 2 4 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 0 2 2 +6 6
J. Brunson 2 0 4 1/6 0/2 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 +9 10
R. Spalding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Broekhoff - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 122 57 31 44/95 18/45 16/18 14 234 9 4 10 12 45 +190 244
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 11 3 5 4/14 0/5 3/4 1 26 0 0 0 0 3 -16 24
D. Graham 10 1 2 3/13 2/8 2/2 6 33 2 0 3 0 1 -34 14
M. Williams 10 2 2 4/9 2/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 0 1 1 -11 16
N. Batum 8 5 4 3/6 2/3 0/0 2 28 1 0 2 1 4 -25 20
W. Hernangomez 6 10 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 2 18 0 1 1 3 7 -14 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 11 3 5 4/14 0/5 3/4 1 26 0 0 0 0 3 -16 24
D. Graham 10 1 2 3/13 2/8 2/2 6 33 2 0 3 0 1 -34 14
M. Williams 10 2 2 4/9 2/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 0 1 1 -11 16
N. Batum 8 5 4 3/6 2/3 0/0 2 28 1 0 2 1 4 -25 20
W. Hernangomez 6 10 1 3/8 0/0 0/0 2 18 0 1 1 3 7 -14 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Biyombo 10 7 1 4/5 0/0 2/4 0 14 0 1 0 1 6 +6 20
M. Bridges 8 5 2 2/9 0/4 4/5 2 24 0 0 2 2 3 -5 15
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 6 0 1 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 -26 8
F. Kaminsky 5 6 3 2/6 0/2 1/2 0 16 1 0 1 4 2 -20 17
J. Macura 4 2 2 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 2 -7 10
D. Bacon 4 3 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 2 16 0 0 4 0 3 -11 3
T. Parker 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 -14 3
M. Monk 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 5 0 1 1 0 1 -13 1
J. Lamb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 46 23 32/90 6/32 14/19 20 234 4 3 14 12 34 -190 169