(SportsNetwork. Mike Conley Jersey .com) - The Dallas Mavericks go for their first winning streak of the season when they invade the Big Easy Saturday night for a showdown with the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas kicked off the season with Tuesdays 101-100 loss to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, as Tony Parker finished with 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute left. Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 and 18 points, respectively, in that one for Dallas. The Mavericks got back to work Thursday in a 120-102 home-opening victory over the Utah Jazz and both Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons scored 21 points. Al- Farouq Aminu ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ellis and Brandan Wright scored 14 points apiece. We were moving the ball, Parsons said. Our spacing was unbelievable. One game after shooting 48.7 percent against the Spurs, the Mavs made 55.3 percent from the floor and scored 23 points off 16 Utah turnovers. New Orleans opened its season with a 101-84 beatdown of the Orlando Magic. Much is expected from the Pelicans this season and their star big man, Anthony Davis. Davis was a monster against the Magic, finishing one block shy of a triple- double with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Omer Asik, acquired in an offseason trade with Houston, posted 14 points, 17 boards and five swats for the Pelicans, who had 17 blocks and a 62-56 advantage on the boards. The Pelicans scored 27 points off 18 Orlando turnovers. Ryan Anderson scored 22 points and Tyreke Evans added 12 in the win. I just feel good about the win, Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. Ill have to look at the film and see the things that we did well. Obviously, we got a lot of stuff to get better at. I like the fact that we rebounded the ball so well tonight. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday received stitches over his right eye following a collision with Magic guard Elfrid Payton in the third quarter. Holiday should be ready to go for Saturday. Dallas won all four meetings with New Orleans last season and is unbeaten in the past seven matchups between the teams. Nowitzki averaged 25.8 ppg in four starts against the Pelicans last season. The Mavs are unbeaten in their last four trips to the Big Easy and have a 32-11 record in the all-time series. Grizzlies Jerseys China .com) - Australian Open champion Li Na, former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and former world No. Shane Battier Jersey .FIFA says it is relaxing the rule which forced match officials to leave its international list at the end of the year they turned 45.Dubai, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) - Alejandro Canizares shot 6- under-par 66 on Thursday and grabbed a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Marcus Fraser and Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded matching 5-under 67s on Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course to share second place at the ultimate event of the European Tours Final Series. Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson shot 4-under 68 to end 18 holes tied for fourth place with Jamie Donaldson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Stenson had a chance to reach minus-6 at the par-5 last, but he 3-putted from inside 10 feet to close with a bogey. "You cant win a tournament on Thursday but you can certainly play your way out of it," said Stenson, who is looking to become the first player to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same year. "I would have taken 4-under at the start of the day so I just have to let the disappointment of the last slip away." Ian Poulter, who is fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, shot 3-under 69. He is tied for seventh place with Thongchai Jaidee and Thorbjorn Olesen. "I am annoyed," Poulter said. "I made two putts which were outside birdie chances and took a couple more but the rest were missed. I am frustrated but happy to be only three behind (the lead)." The top nine players in the Race to Dubai standings still have a chance to win the title, but only Stenson, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell control their own fate. If Stenson, Rose or McDowell win this tournament, they will win the Race to Dubai, regardless of where anyone else finishes. Zach Randolph Jersey. Rose is tied for 10th after an opening-round 70, while McDowell shares 27th at even-par 72. Canizares hasnt won on the European Tour since earning his maiden title in 2006. At 54th in the standings, the Spaniard has no chance to win the Race to Dubai, but that didnt stop him from starting fast on Thursday. Out with the morning wave, Canizares mixed seven birdies and a bogey to set the early clubhouse mark. The lead remained intact, though Stenson nearly pulled even. Stenson was flawless until the last, picking up shots at the third, fifth, seventh, 10th and 16th, where he rolled home a 25-footer to reach 5-under. A tie with Canizares seemed probable when Stenson dropped his third shot within 10 feet at the last, but three putts from there denied the 37-year-old Swede a share of the lead. "It has been a lot of hard work all season and I just let my focus slip on the last," said Stenson. "That sucks, but I am still in good shape and playing nicely. The guys are running on fumes so everybody is looking forward to getting done." NOTES: Stenson leads Rose by 213,468 points in the Race to Dubai. McDowell trails Stenson by 321,800 points. Poulter, Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano, Jaidee, Richard Sterne and Victor Dubuisson stand Nos. 4 - 9 in the Race to Dubai ... Sergio Garcia (13), Ernie Els (17), Charl Schwartzel (22) and Alex Noren (51) are the only players inside the top 60 in the Race to Dubai standings who are not playing this event ... The purse for this tournament is $8 million, with the winner earning $1.33 million. ' ' '
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