The Charlotte Hornets indulged the Dallas Mavericks in a defensive battle on Thursday night and come away with the 97-87 victory.
Five players scored in double figures for the Hornets, which now have won three of their last four games after a four-game losing streak in November.
Walker leads Hornets
Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker, who had a game-high 18 points though he missed 12-of-19 shots in the his low-scoring game. Jeremy Lamb and Roy Hibbert played well off the bench scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hornets’ defense was on point against a Mavericks team that is struggling with injuries. Dirk Nowitzki is once again out and Seth Curry, who is suffering from a right knee sprain, joined him in the sidelines. Andrew Bogut also did not make the trip to Charlotte as the team opted to rest the veteran.
Charlotte opened the game by limiting the Mavericks to 14 points in the first quarter. The Mavericks played better offense in the second to cut the lead down to three, 44-41 at halftime.
Hornets’ D stifles Mavs in key quarters
But the Hornets went back to their defense again in the third. The Mavericks tried to rally in the fourth but failed in their comeback bid. Harrison Barnes scored 17 but missed 12-of-20 shots. Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews also combined for 10-of-29 shooting.
Dallas shot a poor 32-of-86 field goals or 37.2% and 9-of-31 three point field goals or 29.0% as a team.
The Mavericks dropped to a league-worst 3-15 record, even worse than the Philadelphia 76ers (4-14) and Brooklyn Nets (5-12). The Mavs have lost 10 of their last 11 games with the lone win coming against the New Orleans Pelicans last week. Dallas is also just 1-10 on the road this season.
The Hornets face the Minnesota Timberwolves while the Mavericks take on the Chicago Bulls in their next game.