The Dallas Mavericks suffered their fourth straight loss on Sundayas they fell 110-104 at Charlotte Hornets, penultimate in the East, and are still out of play-in positions in the West.
The Mavericks are lost since the ambitious trade that brought Kyrie Irving to Dallas in exchange for Dorian Finney Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie and, with seven defeats in the last nine games, went from direct access to the ‘playoffs’ to occupy the eleventh place.
Slovenian Luka Doncic, who has been held back by a muscle problem in recent weeks, has not been able to change the momentum despite scoring forty points with twelve rebounds and eight assists against the Hornets.
the slovenian He also received his sixteenth technical foul of the season.who carries a one-game suspension he will serve against the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Doncic connected as many as seven triples for some Mavericks who were 19-of-49 accurate from the arcwhile Irving added 18 points.
But the main problem for the Mavs is on the other side of the track, with little defensive solidity that has been regularly taken advantage of by rivals.
Gordon Hayward scored 22 points, six rebounds and four assistsPJ Washington contributed a double double of 21 points and 12 rebounds and center Mark Williams contributed another double double of 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Hornets, without LaMelo Ballo with a broken ankle, clinched their second victory in three days against the Mavericks, beating them away from home on Friday.