DALLAS - Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford did not like what he saw early and called a timeout less than 75 seconds into the game. Afterwards, he saw something that had not occurred in 17 years.
Charlotte pulled away in the second half to ease past Dallas, 108-94, at American Airlines Center. It was the first win for the Hornets against the Mavericks on the road since 1998 (14 games).
The win moved the Hornets to 2-3 on the season and was the first victory on the road in three attempts.
Al Jefferson was electric for Charlotte, finishing with 31 points on 15-of-18 shooting from the floor along with nine rebounds.
For the fourth time this season, Marvin Williams finished with a double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds). Kemba Walker was steady with 14 points, seven assists and only one turnover in less than 30 minutes of action.
Clifford also got production from his bench as Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
After leading by one point at intermission, Charlotte broke away in the third quarter. Jefferson, who hit the Hornets’ first three shots of the game, drilled his first two in the second half.
Leading by 11 to begin the fourth, the Hornets overwhelmed the Mavericks in the final 12 minutes, opening up a 23-point lead before Dallas closed the gap in the waning seconds.
Charlotte returns to action Saturday at San Antonio with tip set for 8:30 p.m.