Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 8:30 PM ET at American Airlines Center
Instant Rewind: Pacers at Mavericks
Scott Agness | October 25, 2013
And you were worried…
After losing their first five games, the Pacers closed the preseason with a strong showing in each of their final three games, wins by 23, 18 and 21 points.
Friday night in Dallas, the Pacers’ (3-5) latest victim was the Mavericks (4-4) to the tune of 98-77. The Pacers had trouble getting the ball to go down in the first half but were behind by only two. The Blue and Gold dominated the second half, 59-36, to close their preseason slate with another quality win.
The Pacers were without Danny Granger in this one. He was held out of the final two preseason games due to a left calf strain.
Roy Hibbert had a great opening quarter, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. The Mavericks led early, but then the Pacers roared in front with an 11-1 run, which included a 16-foot pull-up jumper as time expired from Paul George, who had 12 points in the first half.
The Pacers had a 25-18 lead entering the second but atrocious shooting plagued them all period long. Dallas whipped off 18 points to the Pacers’ six in the first seven minutes. The Pacers were just 4-for-20 in the quarter, 32 percent in the half and gave it away nine times, yet they only trailed by two after two quarters.
In the early part of the second half, the Mavericks scored 10 straight points. David West, per usual, got the team back on track and the Pacers then scored 13 unanswered. They shot 67 percent in the quarter and shared the ball exceptionally well, assisting on 9-of-12 field goals in the period. They dropped 32 points in the third and outscored the Mavericks by 11 to take a nine-point lead into the fourth.
The Pacers’ lead continued to swell in the fourth quarter. With the exception of Paul George, the starters rested on the bench for the final 12 minutes. C.J. Watson tallied seven points in the quarter and the Pacers cruised to a 21-point win. Though it was completion of the preseason, coach Frank Vogel and the team have to feel very good about the way they’ve played in the last week and been able to overcome sluggish starts.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George ripped off a game-high 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting. He also finished with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 34 minutes. Three other Pacers finished in double figures; Roy Hibbert had 14 points (and eight rebounds), George Hill contributed 12 and C.J. Watson had 10.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 14 points and Shawn Marion added 10. The Mavericks were just 4-of-14 from deep and struggled to keep the Pacers off of the offensive glass.
The Pacers scored 29 points on the run and were +10 on the boards.
The Pacers had their best night of the preseason at the foul line, connecting on 91 percent of their attempts (19-of-21).
“Happy with the win, happy with the way our team finished a tough preseason schedule being on leisure for ten days. Then having to play four road games coming back here and we really fought through it. We finished the preseason out strong.” – Frank Vogel
“I told my team that I wasn’t worried about our record. I don’t really care what the preseason record is. I was worried about how we were playing and I know we didn’t play that great for some of those games, but I’m not worried about the preseason.” – Frank Vogel
Stat of the Game
The Pacers capitalized on the Mavericks’ 25 turnovers and converted them into 30 points.
- The Pacers and Mavericks split their preseason meetings, with both teams losing on their home floor.
- Paul George was given a technical foul in the third quarter.
- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle received the rare technical for calling a timeout when he didn’t have one remaining.
- Sidelined for the Mavericks were No Devin Harris (left foot), Shane Larkin (fractured right ankle), and Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder).
- The game was sold out (19,107).
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