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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002 12:00 am

By BRETT MARTEL

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, and the Dallas Mavericks

defense was again good enough to make one of their lowest-scoring outputs of

the season stand up in an 83-81 victory Thursday night over the New Orleans

Hornets.

The Mavericks, who came into the game scoring a league-high average of 103.5

points, shot 37.8 percent and failed to surpass 92 points for the

fourth-straight game. Dallas has lost only one game during that stretch.

Nowitzki hit a turnaround to give Dallas an 80-79 lead with just over three

minutes left, and the Mavericks held on from there, helped by New Orleans

sudden cold spell to close the game.

The Hornets, who committed an uncharacteristically high 18 turnovers, gave the

ball away twice in the final three minutes. Still, David Wesley, who had 24

points, missed a pair of long jump shots that could have given New Orleans a

late lead.

Steve Nash added 15 points for Dallas despite shooting only 4-of-16. He was

7-of-8 from the foul line. Nick Van Exel scored 13 points, Michael Finley 12

and Shawn Bradley added 10 for the Mavericks.

Baron Davis and P.J. Brown had 11 points apiece, and Davis dished out 10

assists for the Hornets. Jamaal Magloire added 10 points and 15 rebounds for

New Orleans, which shot 39 percent in losing for only the second time at home

in 13 games.

The loss was New Orleans second-straight at home.

New Orleans led 44-42 after a first half in which there were 12 lead changes

and no advantage large than five points.

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