Matthews sparks rally, Mavericks beat Pelicans 91-81
DALLAS (AP) Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, including eight during a fourth-quarter rally that gave Dallas the lead for good, and the Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 91-81 on Sunday night.
Matthews made a 3-pointer and another basket to give Dallas a 72-71 edge with 5:39 remaining. New Orleans regained the lead on Anthony Davis' two free throws, but Matthews made another 3-pointer to put the Mavericks ahead to stay.
Dallas improved to 3-13, still the NBA's worst record. The Pelicans, who lost eight straight to begin the season, fell to 6-12.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 23 points. Justin Anderson scored 14 off the bench.
Davis had 36 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and six assists for New Orleans.