Player of the Game
T.J. FORD
Despite a sore left groin, played 21 minutes off the bench and led the Pacers in scoring with 14 points, making 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -13
Dunleavy -19 -41
Ford -4 -189
Foster DNP -9
Granger DNP -78
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head +15 +8
Hibbert -2 -36
D. Jones -2 -182
S. Jones -11 -150
McRoberts +11 -7
Murphy -16 -304
Price +12 +8
Rush -4 -189
Watson -25 -118
Noteworthy
  • Danny Granger missed the game due to personal reasons.
  • The Pacers dropped to 6-12 without Granger.
  • Troy Murphy went 0-of-6 from the 3-point line, snapping a streak of 27 straight games with at least one 3-pointer, the second-longest active streak in the league.
  • Mike Dunleavy started at small forward in Granger's place, marking the 21st lineup of the season.
  • Tonight's attendance was 19,585. The Mavs have sold out 344 consecutive regular-season games, the longes streak in the NBA.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pacers 40, Mavericks 28
    Fast-break points:
    Mavericks 24, Pacers 13
    Second-chance points:
    Mavericks 10, Pacers 8
    Points off turnovers:
    Mavericks 11, Pacers 8
    Starters scoring:
    Mavericks 62, Pacers 39
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 43, Mavericks 29
    Stat of the Night
    The Pacers' five starters combined for 39 points, just three more than Granger scored Saturday in Houston. The starters also combined to shoot 18-of-53 overall (.339) and 2-of-17 from the 3-point line.
    Up Next
    The four-game road trip concludes Wednesday in Chicago against Derrick Rose and the Bulls. (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    The combination of the absence of their leading scorer and the presence of a stout Dallas defense proved too much for the Pacers to overcome.

    Shooting just 37 percent from the field and missing 20 shots from the 3-point line, the Pacers were unable to take advantage of an off shooting night from the Mavericks, who shot just 39 percent but that was good enough to produce a 91-82 victory over the Pacers Monday night in Dallas before19,585 fans in American Airlines Center.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his game-high 23 in the second half and newly acquired center Brendan Haywood tied a career-high with 20 rebounds to lead the Mavs.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers lost their fifth in a row to the Mavs overall and sixth straight in Dallas to fall to 19-37 overall and 7-22 on the road. They dropped to 1-10 on the road against Western Conference teams, 1-16 on the road against teams at .500 or better. Dallas won its fourth straight to improve to 36-21 overall, 18-9 at home.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • "Got to make some shots in order to win in this league. We did not make shots. We defended fairly decently. We chart every possession, and we missed 27 open looks and that was the difference in the game." – Jim O'Brien
  • "Nothing surprises me. It's just the way the ball bounces sometimes. Good shooters miss shots that are wide open. Just have to hope they fall the next time out." – O'Brien
  • "We miss Danny (Granger) and hopefully he'll get back with us soon." – O'Brien
  • "They gave us a chance tonight to sneak one out, but when you don't hit shots you don't really have a chance." – Troy Murphy
  • "We played a tough club tonight. This is one of those teams that has a chance of playing for a championship. We had some great looks that just didn't fall our way tonight." – T.J. Ford
  • "We couldn't make up the 23 points that he averages. It was tough, we didn't make our shots so we definitely could have used him." – Ford on Granger's absence

    KEY MOMENTS
    Both teams were cold early, allowing the Pacers to hang around through the first half. Dallas led 27-17 late in the first quarter but Ford and Troy Murphy gave the Pacers life in the second quarter. Consecutive buckets by Murphy cut the Dallas lead to 39-37 but consecutive 3-pointers from Jason Kidd and DeShawn Stevenson pushed it back to 45-37 and the Pacers trailed 49-41 at the break.

    The Pacers had outscored their last three opponents by 37 in the second half but it was not to be this time as the Mavs had a 15-5 run early in the third quarter to stretch the margin to 64-48. The Pacers scored the final five of the third period to close to 72-61 entering the fourth, but then went four minutes without a bucket as Dallas pushed the lead to 85-64.

    The final margin was made deceptively close by a game-closing 10-point run by the Pacers, the final eight from rookie A.J. Price.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    The Pacers shot .369 overall and were 3-of-23 from the 3-point line. Despite missing 53 shots, they pulled just four offensive rebounds. Ford, whose playing status was in question because of a sore left groin, wound up the high scorer with 14 but shot 3-of-11. He made 8-of-9 from the line. Murphy had his 24th double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds but shot just 5-of-15, missing all six of his 3-point attempts.

    Nowitzki attempted just one 3-pointer (a miss) but shot 7-of-14 overall and 9-of-9 from the line for his 23 points, adding seven rebounds. It marked his 15th consecutive game of at least 20 points against the Pacers, the longest streak of any opposing player. Jason Terry scored 14 off the bench and Haywood, obtained last week from Washington, had 13 points, tied his career-high with 20 rebounds and blocked three shots. Kidd scored 10 with seven assists. The Mavs shot .386 overall.