Player of the Game
MIKE DUNLEAVY
Playing for the first time in more than 10 months, Dunleavy totaled 13 points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes, hitting 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy +2 +2
Ford -5 -21 Foster -17 -9
Granger -24 -36 Hansbrough -4 -40
Head +6 +35 Hibbert -12 +19
D. Jones -18 +14 S. Jones -5 -30
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -12 -68
Price DNP +7 Rush +2 -18
Watson -18 -22
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 34, Mavericks 30
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 13, Mavericks 12
  • Second-chance points: Mavericks 21, Pacers 6
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 16, Mavericks 16
  • Starters scoring: Mavericks 65, Pacers 49
  • Bench scoring: Mavericks 48, Pacers 43
  • Stat of the Night
    Dallas reserve forwards Kris Humphries and James Singleton combined for 21 rebounds, more than double the total of the Pacers' starting five combined (10).
    Noteworthy
  • Tonight's win is Dallas's eighth in its last nine games with the Indiana and the Mavs have won four of their last five games at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Mavericks are now 15-14 all-time on the road against the Pacers.
  • In his first appearance in a Pacers' uniform since last February, Mike Dunleavy came off the bench to score 13 points on 4-7 FGS, 1-1 3-pt FG and4-4 FTS. Logging just under 16 minutes without a turnover, Dunleavy added two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • With 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, the Mavs' Kris Humphries registered his first double-double of the season.
  • Including a season-high five defensive rebounds, Jeff Foster led the Pacers with six rebounds. As a team, the Pacers had a season-low 33 rebounds. Indiana's 26 offensive rebounds were also its fewest of the season.
  • The Mavericks collected an opponent season-high 17 offensive rebounds, turning those into 21 second chance points. That is the most second-chance points scored against the Pacers this season and the Pacers' six points off offensive rebounds ties its lowest total of the season.
  • The Pacers and Mavs traded the lead six times, and were tied five times, in the game's first seven and a half minutes. But, Dallas finished the first quarter on a 19-9 run and never trailed or were tied again.
  • Nine of Dallas's 15 turnovers were the result of steals by the Pacers and that is Indiana's most thefts in the last nine games.
  • Both Indiana and Dallas went to the foul line 28 times and the loss is the Pacers' first (6-1) of the season in a game with as many, or more free throw attempts, as the opposition.
  • With 20 points, Danny Granger led the Pacers in scoring for the 11th time in 2009-10 and the team is just 5-6 in those games.
  • Including tonight's loss, the Pacers are 1-5 in games in which they have at least 20 assists. Indiana had exactly 20 assists tonight.
  • The Pacers outscored their opponent in the paint (34-30) for just the fourth time this season and fell to 2-2 in those games with tonight's loss.
  • Tyler Hansbrough left the game in the third quarter with a bruised left knee and did not return.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers open their first Western Conference road trip of the season, four games in six nights, Monday against the Golden State Warriors (10:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Nov. 27, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
    Mavericks 113, Pacers 92


    END RESULT
    Mike Dunleavy's return to action was the only highlight of the night, but its long-term significance was overwhelmed by Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, who rolled to a 113-92 victory Friday before 16,613 in Conseco Fieldhouse. It was Dunleavy's first game since Feb. 8, 2009, when he re-injured his right knee against Washington and underwent major surgery in March.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers (6-8) lost for the fifth time in six games, the wrong kind of momentum as they head West for a four-game trip that starts Monday in Golden State. They lost to the Mavs (12-4) for the fourth straight time and eighth in the last nine meetings. While Dunleavy and Danny Granger, who missed one game with a knee sprain, returned, the Pacers lost rookie Tyler Hansbrough to a bruised left knee in the third quarter.

    QUOTABLE
  • “Nowitzki started out on fire and got us back on our heels and from there on they played with a lot more force. We did not play tough enough at all. That’s why we got pounded. You have to play with tremendous force and we did not and never found ourselves in the game. They beat us to every loose ball." -- Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien on the game.
  • "I think Mike did fine. He looked confident out there and did a lot of good things offensively.” -- O'Brien on Dunleavy.
  • “I’ve got to work on some things, get my rhythm back and just get back into the daily routine. We’ve got a relatively full line-up now so we’ve got make things happen. I was pain free tonight and the legs felt pretty good and they can’t do anything but get better. We just have to get out West and work hard.” -- Dunleavy on his comeback game.
  • “This is a time when we have to regroup, hold on to each and be accountable to each other. We’ve got to play better. We’ve got to show more effort." -- Pacers guard T.J. Ford.

    TURNING POINTS
    The Mavs made their first move with a 20-5 run early in the second quarter, most of which came with Nowitzki on the bench while the reserves did the damage, pushing the lead to 55-33. Danny Granger sparked the Pacers on an 18-6 counterpunch that cut the deficit to 61-51.

    The Pacers were trying to hang in the third quarter, trailing 84-69 late, but the Mavs scored the final 11 points of the period to take a 26-point lead into the fourth, and that was that.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger led the Pacers with 20 but he shot 5-of-16 overall, 2-of-9 from the 3-point line, and pulled just one rebound in 38 minutes. Dunleavy scored 13 on 4-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes, and Troy Murphy had 10 points but just two rebounds. The Pacers shot .434 overall and were 7-of-22 from the 3-point line but the real story was the rebounding deficit. Indiana was beaten 54-33 on the boards and Dallas owned a 21-6 advantage in second-chance points.

    Nowitzki scored 31 on 10-of-14 shooting -- he did not attempt a 3-pointer -- to lead Dallas. Jason Terry scored 17 off the bench, Shawn Marion 13 with eight rebounds. Kris Humphries had a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) off the bench and Jason Kidd had 11 points. The Mavs shot .446 for the game.