Rewind: Pacers vs. Mavericks 120203
Friday, Feb. 3 at Dallas
Rick Carlisle said he thought the Pacers had the talent to contend for an NBA title this season.
They proved him right Friday night as Paul George posted a career-high for the second time in three games with 30 points and David West had a season-high 20 as the Pacers took control in the second half to beat Carlisle's Mavericks 98-87 Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Pacers (16-6) snapped a seven-game losing streak in Dallas and handed the Mavs (14-10) their second loss in a row. This was just the latest nemesis vanquished by the Indiana road warriors, who previous snapped losing streaks of nine in Chicago, seven in Boston and six in Orlando.
BY THE NUMBERS
George made seven 3-pointers, one shy of the franchise record (set twice by Reggie Miller), adding nine rebounds, five assists and five steals in a remarkable all-around performance. West shot 9-of-11, adding six rebounds and five steals to his 20 points. Danny Granger scored 16 on 5-of-18 shooting, adding five rebounds and five assists. Darren Collison had 13 points and six assists, and Roy Hibbert was one point away from another double-double with nine points and 14 rebounds.
Dirk Nowitzki snapped out of a mini-slump with 30 points for the Mavs on 12-of-17 shooting, adding seven rebounds. Vince Carter scored 14 and Jason Terry 10. The Pacers held Dallas to 32.4 percent shooting and 34 points in the second half.
STAT OF THE GAME
This was the Pacers' fourth road win (in five games) against a Western Conference opponent -- exceeding their total of the previous two seasons combined, when they were 3-27.
The Pacers hit their first eight shots and took a quick 25-17 lead but Carlisle began mixing in a zone defense and that took Indiana out of rhythm. Dallas put together a 12-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to take a 36-29 lead as the Pacers missed 15 of 17 shots after their hot start.
George hit three 3-pointers and West continued his strong play as the Pacers recovered and trailed just 53-52 at the break. After starting 8-of-8, they went 11-of-36 (.306) the rest of the half. West hit all six of his shots in the half to score 14 and George had 12.
Nowitzki was unstoppable for the Mavs, hitting 9 of 11 in the half and scoring 20. But he appeared to run out of gas in the third quarter as the Pacers seized the momentum.
With George scoring the 10 points and showing the range of his game with a 3-pointer and two fast-break dunks, the Pacers opened the third period with a 19-6 run to take a 71-59 lead. With George sparking the offense, the defense limited Dallas to 5-of-17 shooting and 16 points in the period as the Pacers took a 76-69 lead into the fourth quarter.
Dallas closed to four on a 3-pointer by Jason Terry and appeared to be closing to three when Terry was heading in for a fast-break layup but George chased him down from behind, blocked the shot and saved it inbounds. He then hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 80-72 -- a huge five-point swing at a critical point in the game that killed the Mavs' rally.
George added another 3-pointer, his seventh of the game, and another fast-break layup in a 16-3 run that put the Pacers up 92-75 with 6:12 remaining. The Mavs got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Indiana is 14-0 when scoring at least 90 points, 12-0 when making at least one-third of its 3-point attempts and 10-0 with at least 20 assists. … Nowitzki had totaled 28 points on 11-of-39 shooting (.282) in his previous three games, and made missed 13 consecutive 3-pointers entering the game, but shook that slump in the first half, hitting 9 of 11 and scoring 20. … Dahntay Jones and Brendan Haywood picked up double technicals late in the third quarter for a brief skirmish under the Indiana basket. … George Hill missed his second game in a row with a chip fracture in his left ankle. … Jeff Foster missed his 10th straight with a sore lower back. … Dallas was without point guard Jason Kidd due to a right calf strain.
After playing 15 of their first 22 on the road, the Pacers now have eight of 12 at home the rest of February beginning Saturday against Orlando in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 the fan). The teams have split two meetings this season, with Orlando winning 103-82 in Indianapolis on Jan. 24 and the Pacers beating the Magic on its home floor 106-85 on Jan. 29. Because the game is the night before the Super Bowl, the Magic could not find accommodations in Indianapolis, instead booking hotel rooms in Cincinnati.