FLIP MURRAY
Had by far his best game since joining the Pacers, racking up a season-high 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, in 27 minutes off the bench.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 13:39 0 David Harrison 22:30 -7
Travis Diener 20:56 -11 Troy Murphy 33:38 -21
Ike Diogu 8:21 0 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 36:04 -20 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 27:52 -9 Kareem Rush 18:48 -1
Stephen Graham 3:52 -1 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 27:16 -13 Shawne Williams DNP ---
Flip Murray 27:04 -7
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 34, Mavericks 34
  • Fast-break points: Mavericks 15, Pacers 12
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 24, Mavericks 13
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 8, Mavericks 2
  • Starters scoring: Mavericks 68, Pacers 49
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 48, Mavericks 48
  • The Mavericks' reserves combined to produce 48 points on 20-of-26 shooting – a staggering 76.9 percent.
    The brief weekend trip concludes Saturday in Orlando against Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and the Magic (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    Dallas 116, Indiana 97
    Mavericks not Kidding around

    At Dallas | March 14, 2008


    It took a minute, but the Dallas Mavericks appear to have adjusted nicely to the return of Jason Kidd.

    They lost five of their first nine after acquiring Kidd from the New Jersey Nets in a blockbuster trade-deadline deal but Friday's 116-97 rout of the visiting Pacers in American Airlines Center was their fourth blowout in a row, with an average victory margin of 23.3 points.

    The Pacers (25-40) last their fourth in five games and fell two games behind New Jersey and Atlanta, who share eighth place at 27-38.

    “They were outstanding from the standpoint of shooting the basketball," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien. "All night, we had no answer defensively for them. They’re an outstanding basketball team – much, much better with Jason Kidd than they were prior to the trade.”

    The lone bright spot for the Pacers was the breakout of newcomer Flip Murray, who scored a season-high 22 points in his sixth game with the team. Murray, who shot 8-of-19 from the field, scored 14 in the second half, nine in the opening minutes of the fourth period when the reserves put together the closest thing to a challenge the Pacers offered all night, trimming an 89-67 deficit to 92-78 on Ike Diogu's resounding fast-break dunk.

    But Dallas Coach Avery Johnson brought his starters back into the game and the Mavs pulled away.

    Mike Dunleavy scored 18 with five rebounds and five assists but shot just 5-of-16 for the Pacers, who shot .382 overall and were 5-of-19 (.263) from the 3-point line. Troy Murphy scored 14, Marquis Daniels 12 off the bench and Danny Granger 11 before fouling out. Travis Diener suffered through a particularly frustrating night, missing all nine of his shots including a punctuating layup in the closing seconds.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 with six rebounds to lead the Mavs, who shot .580 overall and 11-of-23 (.478) from the 3-point line. Josh Howard scored 18 and Jerry Stackhouse 14, while Kidd had nine points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. The Mavs' reserves were the difference-makers, racking up 48 points on 20-of-26 shooting as Jason Terry (14), Brandon Bass (13) and Tyronn Lue (13) all scored in double figures.

    Two long cold spells doomed the Pacers.

    Indiana missed 12 of 13 shots in the first quarter while Dallas made 8-of-10 in a 20-5 run that opened a 28-11 lead. The Pacers closed to 62-50 early in the third period but missed their next nine shots and committed four turnovers as Dallas put together a 12-1 run that stretched it to 74-51.

    Noteworthy. …

  • Granger picked up his third technical foul of the season early in the third period for exchanging words with Stackhouse after the two got tangled while battling for rebound position. Granger protested after being called for his fourth foul. He eventually fouled out, his team-high seventh disqualification of the season.
  • The Pacers dropped to 4-15 on the first night of back-to-back sets. They're 8-10 on the second night.
  • Indiana has allowed all 12 opponents since the All-Star break to score at least 102 points.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (Mavs were in their groove offensively) “Yeah, they were outstanding from the standpoint of shooting the basketball. All night, we had no answer defensively for them. They’re an outstanding basketball team – much, much better with Jason Kidd than they were prior to the trade.”
    (How much of tonight was it them just making shots and how much was it what you guys were doing?) “We contributed to it – the first half we only challenged 34% of their shots. And you can’t play against a good offensive shooting team and only challenge that few from the perimeter. They’re great shooters, but we did not have our best defensive first quarter. We played them even in the second quarter but we got in too big of a hole.”
    (Seems like you guys were getting looks) “We didn’t make any shots. We didn’t make any shots. And they weren’t even challenged. You go on the road you’ve got to make shots.”
    PACERS GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
    (On Indiana’s poor shooting) “38%. That’s probably a little inflated in the 4th quarter. Me personally, I couldn’t hit a shot. I got open shots, they just didn’t fall. I don’t know what’s going on. Open shots – we’ve got to knock them down and we didn’t do that tonight and I was one of the guys that didn’t make his shots. The good thing is we play tomorrow night and hopefully that’ll change.”
    PACERS FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    “They’re a good team. They’re tough to guard. They have a lot of weapons and we probably didn’t do a good enough job on them, but give them credit – they made shots.”
    (The difference in the Mavs with Jason Kidd) “They’re getting used to playing with him. Everybody is figuring out what type of team they’re going to be. It’s going to be fun to watch the West. There’s a lot of great teams out here and certainly the Mavericks are one of them.”
    MAVS COACH AVERY JOHNSON
    (On defense) “I thought, first of all, Josh has been getting after it really good defensively. Dunleavy is a hot player and this team has been playing pretty good basketball here. We needed to play good defense against Dunleavy. And that’s one of the focuses of our shootaround this morning, trying to make it hard on Dunleavy. But Dunleavy and Diener threes are things that really spark this team. We guarded Murphy a little better tonight. Flip Murray hurt us in some ways. I thought the way Josh set the tone with our defense early in the game against Dunleavy was a big key.”
    “I thought our defense was good and we got some fast breaks going. We didn’t settle for jumpshots early in the game. We did at the beginning of the third quarter. Then we started attacking the basket. When we’re attacking and moving the basketball, you look at 31 assists – Kidd obviously with double-figures but Josh had five, he was moving the ball tonight. So again, we’re doing a good job of moving the ball and attacking. That mixture of not settling for jumpshots and really attacking, the ball is moving and swinging. No matter who we’re playing against, that’s what we have to do.”
    (on zone defense) “We try go our zone defense when we had a good lead. And we messed it up. Same thing we talked about this morning. We screwed it up. Again, that’s something for us to talk about. We’ll have to be able to change our defenses some and I wanted to work on the zone more, but we screwed it up so bad, we couldn’t even go back to it. That will be a point of emphasis at practice tomorrow.”
    “We still have issues to work out. But more than anything, the guys are bringing emotion, they’re bringing energy, they seem to have their batteries re-charged somewhat and they know there’s not much of the season left right now. Every game and every practice counts.”
    MAVS GUARD JERRY STACKHOUSE
    (on being in the starting lineup) “I think both roles (starting and coming off the bench) is about bringing energy. You try and bring energy off the bench and give the team a lift if you don’t have a good start. Now it is about getting out and trying to run. We want to get teams on their heels. We are getting most of our transition and fast break points in the first half. We are moving the ball, sharing the ball and getting good looks. We had some good looks tonight that didn’t go down tonight, but if we keep getting shots like that I think we will be fine.”
    (on the team moving the ball) “It is about making that extra pass. Once the defense starts to move you have to make that team pay for double-teaming. When we move the ball, swing the ball and do the things we are supposed to do we are going to get good looks all night.”
    MAVS GUARD TYRONN LUE
    (on joining this Mavericks team) “It’s easy to play when you have guys like Dirk (Nowitzki) and Josh (Howard) getting double-teamed. It allows me to spot up and hit open shots. I think my role on this team is to knock down open shots, run the team without turning the ball over and play hard defensively.”
    (on the offensive success in the last few games) “We are sharing the ball. Jason (Kidd) is learning the system and finding his rhythm. Every team he has ever been on has gotten better and he has made every player better. The last two games we had 65 assists and we had 31 again tonight. We are getting easy baskets.”