Panzura postgame wrap: Mavericks 125, Pelicans 107

Dwight Powell tossed a low second-quarter bounce pass to Maxi Kleber, but Kleber fumbled it, causing the ball to slip away. No problem. Powell regained the ball, dribbled toward the basket and dropped in a layup for a conventional three-point play. It was that kind of Wednesday night for Dallas, which turned even misplays into buckets while building a 77-58 first-half lead.

En route to a victory that put Dallas in excellent position to earn a top-six Western Conference seed and avoid next week’s play-in round, the Mavericks piled up the points for a second time at home vs. New Orleans in 2020-21. The Pelicans’ defeat mathematically eliminated them from contention for the No. 10 seed and a play-in tournament spot.

“It’s disappointing to be done (after Sunday) and not playing,” Pelicans first-year head coach Stan Van Gundy said, when asked about the overall season outlook. “It’s disappointing to end the year like this, when we thought we had a shot, but then we’re going out (on the court) with five of our top six guys in minutes played not playing. But there are some good things, too. I’ll leave it to (the media) to characterize the season, but I think from the franchise’s point of view, and the fans’ point of view, there should be some things that you’re excited about – I really believe that. With the young guys we have who have shown some good things –…

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