Marvin Williams opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from the corner. He was quickly followed by Devonte' Graham. On the other side, the Mavericks bombarded the Hornets with shots from distance. In the first quarter alone, Dallas hit 10 of their 17 3-point attempts. The Hornets unsurprisingly couldn't keep pace and found themselves in a 42-26 hole after one quarter of play.
The Mavericks hot shooting continued into the second quarter, and the Hornets struggled to keep them off the glass when they did miss. The deficit grew as large as 25 points before a 5-0 Hornets run prompted a Mavs timeout. Unfortunately, the home team couldn't build on that run and found themselves trailing 65-41 at the half.
The third quarter was more of the same. The Hornets struggled to string together positive offensive possessions while offering next to no resistance to the Mavericks on the defensive end. J.P. Macura checked into the game late in the period, illustrating how out of hand this game had become. After three, the Hornets trailed 94-65.
After back to back dunks by Dwight Powell to start the fourth quarter, James Borrego took a timeout. If the game could have ended there, it probably would have. Luckily it didn't, because it gave Macura time to make his first career bucket. That was probably the only good thing that happened all night.
This was inarguably the worst performance the Hornets have put forth this season. Dallas came into the game struggling, but they looked like a team of grown men picking on children tonight. The Hornets have two days to collect themselves before taking on the Nuggets in Denver.