Dirk Nowitzki went off for 25 points and added 7 rebounds leading Dallas over New Orleans, 104-100, on Friday at New Orleans Arena.
Dallas won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 1-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go OVER the closing number of 199.5.
Dallas got 22 points from Vince Carter and another 13 points from Elton Brand. O.J. Mayo contributed 9 assists, while Vince Carter cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.
New Orleans got 23 points from Eric Gordon in a losing cause and another 22 points from Jason Smith. Greivis Vasquez contributed 11 assists for the Hornets, while Ryan Anderson had 12 rebounds.
The Mavericks hit the break trailing 58-53 before taking care of business in the second half.
New Orleans won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 45-44.
Dallas looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Lakers. The Hornets will aim to get back on the winning track vs Sacramento.