Panzura postgame wrap: Pelicans 107, Mavericks 91

NBA teams must be resilient over the course of the long 82-game regular season, bouncing back from bad nights and tough losses. Sometimes they also need to do the same within a game.

New Orleans shook off an ugly offensive start Friday and a one-sided home loss to Dallas two nights earlier, beating the same Mavericks on their home floor behind a second-half surge. The Pelicans began Friday’s game shooting just 2/20 from the field, as well as 2/14 in the paint, but kept battling and seized momentum with a 35-20 third-quarter edge.

New Orleans outscored Dallas 63-43 in the second half, after trailing 19-14 through a quarter and 48-44 at halftime.

“It was the defense and the pace we played with offensively,” Pelicans spot starter Garrett Temple said of what caused the in-game turnaround. “We missed shots we normally make in the first quarter. We made them in the third. Defensively we turned it up even more in the third. We were able to get some easy baskets, which was great for us.”


Brandon Ingram sank a three-pointer from the right corner, giving New Orleans a 97-81 lead with 4:47 remaining. On a subsequent possession, Ingram spun adeptly around Dallas forward Maxi Kleber to draw a foul, sinking a pair of free throws for another 16-point edge at 4:05.


Ingram produced his best all-around game of this season and one…

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