Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 103, DAL 83
Unhappy with their early season struggles, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said before the game they were going to make changes to the offense: Less play calling and a faster tempo for an improved flow. The moves paid off as the Pacers ended a two-game losing streak with a 103-83 home win over the Dallas Mavericks.
The difference was clear right away as the Pacers jumped out to a 7-0 lead. However, the Mavs kept it tight and came back to tie it up 24-24 at the end of the first quarter.
Coach Vogel opened the second quarter with the second unit, who kept the game close. Ian Mahinmi, playing against his previous team, had to go to the bench after picking up his third foul. The Mavericks opened up a 49-44 lead 30 seconds before halftime. But then George Hill hit a jumper and Roy Hibbert tipped in a miss free throw to trim the lead to one heading into the locker room.
In the third, the Pacers seemed to have their most efficient quarter of the season, scoring 28 points and only turning it over one time. Starting with the buckets from Hill and Hibbert late in the second period, the Pacers used a 32-12 run to pull away for good. Lance Stephenson was electric, scoring 10 points in the quarter while hitting nothing but net on a key 3-pointer with 2:39 to play in the quarter.
The Pacers received quality contributions off the bench from multiple guys, particularly Sam Young who finished with 14 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes. Tyler Hansbrough, Mahinmi, and Gerald Green all positively impacted the game while on the floor.
Overall, Friday night’s victory was just the type of win the Pacers needed. They hope to build on tonight’s success as they travel to New York for a Sunday match-up.
Inside the Numbers
The Pacers turned the ball over a season-low nine times and had 11 steals.
Six Pacers finished in double-figures, including all five starters for the second time this season. George Hill had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds while playing against his former teammate, Darren Collison, most of the way.
David West tallied 15 points and seven rebounds while Roy Hibbert added 14 points and eight rebounds. Lance Stephenson added 12—10 coming in the third quarter—and Paul George had 11.
O.J. Mayo led all scorers with 19 points and Chris Kaman scored eight points to go along with 10 rebounds.
The former Pacers: Collison—10 points, four assists, two rebounds; Troy Murphy: four points, three rebounds; Dahntay Jones—two points, one assist in almost seven minutes.
Free throws were an issue for the Pacers. They were 19-for-31, a 61% mark.
"Good win for our guys. We finally got clicking on the offensive end. We made some adjustments to our offense that we told our guys would have an immediate impact and I think it did in terms of player movement and ball movement. Guys got in a little bit of a better rhythm. We still have a lot of work to do on the offensive end but it was a good team win." – Frank Vogel on the win
"One shoot around can do a lot of justice. (Coach Vogel) put a system in that involves more movement, more cutting, more passing and it actually opens up the door for a lot of our players to be creative and just play basketball. With our last offense, we were thinking too much and the ball wasn't moving…this new offense demands the ball to move from side to side – different ways where we can post up people, different ways where we can cut and be more creative. You have to tip your hat to the coaches." – George Hill on the changes
"He played big. To not getting a couple of DNP's (did not play) to stepping in, making shots and filling a role, and staying tied in with how we play, I think he did a great job." – Paul George on Sam Young's performance
"We don't want to look too far ahead. We still have a lot of work to do but it's a good start. It looks like we're talking to get it, starting to get things together. We never lost hope or got down on the season. I think we're good right now." – Paul George on the meaning of a win
"I think transition hurt us. Lance got a couple of baskets, he hit those transition threes and that helped them out. The first five minutes of the third quarter really hurt us. Like I said, Lance got those two layups then he hit a three pointer in transition that seemed to give him a lot of confidence. They were a team that was struggling on offense coming into the game." – Mavs guard Darren Collison on the difference in the second half
"We love it. We're not going to change our team colors yet but you always want to surround yourself with quality people and all these guys are." – Mavs coach Rick Carlise before the game on Dallas being ‘Pacers south.'
Stat of the Game
Coming into the game, the Pacers were last in NBA in points per game and field goal percentage. Friday, they scored over 100 points and shot 47% from the field for their best night shooting since opening night in Toronto (47.4%).
- The win is the Pacers' second in a row over the Mavericks and the 20-point margin of victory is their largest in the series since a 104-80 victory at Market Square Arena on March 26, 1997.
- The Pacers recorded their first double-digit win this season.
- After tonight, Roy Hibbert now has 501 career blocks and is sixth in franchise history, behind Darnell Hillman (612).
- Shawn Marion returned for the Mavs after sitting out the last five games with a sprained left MCL.
- Tyler Hansbrough and Vince Carter inadvertently popped each other in the face on the way down from rebound in the third quarter. Carter was given a technical foul.
- There were many familiar faces on the visitor's bench, six former Pacer coaches and players in total: Rick Carlise, Jim O'Brien, Darrell Armstrong, Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones and Troy Murphy.
- The Fever's Tamika Catchings, MLB pitcher Drew Storen, IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand and WWE wrestler The Miz all attended Friday's game.
The Pacers will be on the road for their next two games, against the Knicks on Sunday at noon, and in our nation’s capital to face the Wizards on Monday at 7 PM EST.
Back at home: Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 7:00 vs. New Orleans. Buy Tickets »