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- They’re not going to the playoffs, but coach Rick Carlisle says that doesn’t mean the Mavericks (40-41) have nothing to play for in tonight’s regular-season finale against the Hornets (27-54). “We want to finish without having a losing record,” he said. “There’s meaning in that. That’s where we’re at. I think we want to end on a high note, the same way New Orleans wants to.” The last time Dallas finished with a losing record was at 40-42 in 1999-2000.
- The game could be something of an on-court exit interview for Mavericks like Elton Brand, O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Chris Kaman, who may be auditioning for roles with the team next season. “I think last impressions are very important heading into the summer,” Carlisle said. “More important probably than first impressions.”
- New Orleans says goodbye to the Hornets and hello to the Pelicans after tonight’s game. Coach Monty Williams is energized and looking forward to the offseason rebuilding process. “It is exciting, but we all know there’s a lot of work to do, but we feel really good about where we’re going,” he said.
- Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by five or fewer points. The Mavericks have taken two of three this season, including a 107-89 victory Sunday in New Orleans. The road team has won all three games this year.
– Dave Ivey