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Nowitzki scores 24, Dallas sends short-handed New Orleans to 4th straight loss, 107-90

  • Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (1) slam-dunks in front of New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (1) slam-dunks in front of New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, bottom, shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert, top, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, bottom, shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert, top, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, right, complains to an official who called a turnover in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, right, complains to an official who called a turnover in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Monta Ellis added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks sent the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans to their fourth straight loss, 107-90 on Friday night.

Vince Carter added 14 points and Jae Crowder 12 for Dallas, which never trailed. The Mavericks led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before cruising against a Pelicans squad minus starting point guard Jrue Holiday and leading scorer Ryan Anderson.

Holiday missed his first game with a stress fracture in his right shin. Anderson went down last week with a herniated disk.

Eric Gordon scored 27 points for New Orleans, while Anthony Davis added 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.