By Conrad Brunner, For NBA.com
Posted Nov 16, 2012 10:51 PM
THE FACTS: After their two worst performances of the season in losses to the Raptors and Bucks earlier in the week, the Indiana Pacers bounced back with their best showing thus far. Getting the kind of offensive balance and defensive intensity that was the team's trademark last season, the Pacers (4-6) pulled away in the second half and coasted to a 103-83 rout of the Dallas Mavericks Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. All five Indiana starters scored in double figures for the second time this season, led by George Hill and David West with 15 each. Hill added seven assists and two steals, while West had seven rebounds and a block. O.J. Mayo led Dallas (5-5) with 19 points.
QUOTABLE: "Guys got in a little better rhythm, but we've still got a lot of work to do on offense. Playing faster, playing with more speed and more force helps everything in your offense."
-- Indiana coach Frank Vogel
THE STAT: The Pacers posted a season high with 23 assists and a season low with just nine turnovers.
TURNING POINT: The starters set it up, the bench knocked it down. The Pacers dominated most of the third quarter with a 28-10 run that turned a 51-48 deficit into a 76-61 advantage, with Lance Stephenson scoring 10 of those points. The Mavs quickly cut it to nine early in the third, but Sam Young hit a pair of buckets, including a 3-pointer, as the second unit produced all of the points in a 9-0 counter that pushed the Indiana lead to 87-69 with 8:25 remaining -- sinking the Mavs.
QUOTABLE II: "It's a confidence booster. We can put our hats on and go from here. This is our stepping stone."
-- Sam Young
HOT: Hill clearly outplayed Darren Collison, the point guard he replaced in the starting lineup last season, hitting five of seven shots in his 15-points, 7-assist, 5-rebound outing.
NOT: Collison shot 3-for-10 and managed just 10 points with four assists for Dallas.
GOOD MOVE: Vogel tweaked the offense before the game, pushing increased ball and player movement as well as a faster tempo. The early returns were impressive as the Pacers shot 47 percent and all five starters had at least two assists.
ROOKIE WATCH: Indiana first-round pick Miles Plumlee made a rare appareance, playing the final 2:21 along with second-round pick Orlando Johnson. Neither player scored. Bernard James had a nice game off the Dallas bench with nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes. Jae Crowder had four points and three rebounds in just under 11 minutes.
NOTABLE: Pulled from the rotation earlier in the week but restored tonight, Young scored a season-high 14 off the Indiana bench, going 6-for-11 and pulling four rebounds in 21 minutes. ... Dallas forward Shawn Marion returned after missing the past five games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. The rust showed as he shot 1-for-5 and managed two points in 25 minutes, though he did pull seven rebounds. ... Bankers Life Fieldhouse looked more like Reunion Arena as five former Pacers players and coaches returned with the Mavericks: Rick Carlisle, assistant Jim O'Brien, Collison and reserve forwards Dahntay Jones and Troy Murphy. ...The margin of victory was by far the widest of the season for an Indiana team that had not won by double digits, and was the Pacers' biggest against Dallas since 1997. ... Dallas shot 31 percent in the second half with more turnovers (seven) than assists (six) and finished at 37 percent for the game, including a dismal 2-for-13 from the 3-point line.
UP NEXT: For the Pacers, Sunday @ New York, Monday @ Washington, Wednesday vs. New Orleans. For the Mavericks, Saturday @ Cleveland, Monday vs. Golden State, Wednesday vs. New York.
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