Originally created 11/18/99

Jones leads Hornets past Mavs



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eddie Jones had 24 points, nine assists and six rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets held off a late Dallas rally for a 104-99 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Jones, who came in averaging an NBA-best 2.8 steals, added four more as the Hornets, winless in four games on the road this season, improved to 5-0 at home.

Charlotte grabbed a season-high 60 rebounds and had a 47-27 edge in bench scoring, led by 21 points and 18 rebounds from Derrick Coleman and 13 points and 12 boards from Brad Miller. The 30 rebounds for Miller and Coleman was 11 more than the combined total for the Mavericks' entire starting lineup.

The Mavericks, who one night earlier shot a season-high 52 percent in a 19-point victory over Houston, were held to 42-percent shooting by Charlotte, including just 17 percent in the second quarter.

Robert Pack had 27 points and 14 assists for the Mavericks, who dropped to 1-4 on the road.

Dallas fell behind by 16 midway through the third quarter before rallying, cutting Charlotte's lead to three points four times in the fourth quarter, the last at 90-87 on Dirk Nowitzki's 21-footer with 1:41 left. But Jones got his lone block of the night on the Mavericks' next possession, swatting away a jumper by Pack.

Jones hit two foul shots to push the Hornets' lead back to five, and Charlotte added 12 more free throws in the last 47 seconds.

The Mavericks couldn't sustain a start in which they forced six turnovers and converted them into 12 points, helping them race to a 19-5 lead.

Charlotte broke it open by scoring 16 consecutive points early in the second quarter, including six by Miller. It started a run in which the Hornets scored 29 of the final 36 points in the quarter to go up 56-41 at halftime.

The Mavericks, who missed 19 of their 23 field-goal attempts in the second quarter, were unable to cut their deficit below seven points until Pack's driving layup made it 82-76 with 8:49 left in the game.

Notes: The 6-foot-7 Jones showed he can do more on defense than just steal the ball when, late in the second quarter, he skied high to swat away a shot by 7-6 Shawn Bradley. Jones was called for a foul on the play, but Bradley missed both free throws. ... Dallas has lost four consecutive games in Charlotte dating to March 1995. ... The Hornets are 4-0 when leading at halftime.