LOS ANGELES – The Dallas Mavericks’ downward spiral continued with a 110-104 loss to the Hornets in Charlotte, the place Mavs star Luka Doncic acquired his sixteenth technical foul of the season, which is able to set off an computerized one-game suspension.
Doncic scored 40 factors, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to stave off a second loss in three days to the hapless Hornets — who’re second-to-last within the Japanese Convention.
Gordon Hayward scored 22 factors and P.J. Washington added 21 factors with 12 rebounds for Charlotte, who’ve already been eradicated from post-season competition.
Dallas went into the day tied with Oklahoma Metropolis for the Tenth-best report within the West, however have been behind the Thunder within the race for the ultimate play-in match berth as a result of Oklahoma Metropolis maintain the tiebreaker.
Doncic acquired off to a dismal begin, going 0-for-6 from the sector within the opening quarter.
Dallas trailed by 19 late within the first half when Doncic drilled 4 three-pointers to key a Mavs run that lower the deficit to seven at halftime.
The Mavericks, who fell to eventual champions Golden State within the Western Convention finals final season, took their first lead of the sport on a Doncic trey with 5:44 remaining.
Charlotte shortly regained the lead and Kyrie Irving’s three-pointer to once more put the Mavs up by one proved little greater than a blip because the Hornets once more pulled away.
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