GAME RECAP: Mavericks 112, Pacers 103
Kirstaps Porzingis scores 38 points as the Mavericks get the win over the Pacers, 112-103.
Kirstaps Porzingis scores 38 points as the Mavericks get the win over the Pacers, 112-103.
February 3, 2020 - Pacers players Victor Oladipo, Doug McDermott and Domantas Sabonis discussed Indiana's 112-103 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Doug McDermott and Victor Oladipo shut down two shot attempts inside, leading to a fastbreak for Indy.
Domantas Sabonis gets inside and hits his defender with the spin and ball-fake to get free for the basket.
Victor Oladipo pulls up from very long range to hit the three as the third quarter winds down.
Victor Oladipo works his way inside for the nice layup finish.
Domantas Sabonis finishes the pick & roll with a big time slam.
Malcolm Brogdon snags the rebound and takes it all the way to the other end for the reverse layup.
Doug McDermott and Domantas Sabonis run the two-man game leading to an and-one finish for the big man.
Domantas Sabonis goes to the hole with determination, moving his defender out of the way for the throw down!
Doug McDermott hustles down the court after the Dallas shot attempt leading to a quick transition basket.
Domantas Sabonis gets great position inside and receives the pass from T.J. McConnell for the bucket.
Indy creates the turnover on defense leading to a Brogdon to Oladipo fast break finish.
Game Rewind: Pacers 103, Mavericks 112
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Pacers (31-19) dropped their second straight home game on Monday night, falling to the Dallas Mavericks (31-19) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 112-103.
Even without their All-Star point guard Luka Doncic, the Mavericks rained a barrage of 3-pointers on Indiana on Monday night. The Mavericks went 18-for-45 from beyond the arc, with 7-foot-3 center Kristaps Porzingis hitting six treys by himself in a 38-point, 12-rebound performance.
All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis had 26 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists for Indiana, but it wasn't quite enough as the Blue & Gold suffered another disappointing defeat.
The Pacers got off to a fast start offensively on Monday, jumping out to an early 9-4 lead and connecting on eight of their first 13 attempts.
But Porzingis propelled the Mavericks' offense, knocking down three 3-pointers on his way to 11 first-quarter points. The Blue & Gold then went cold late in the frame, missing seven of their last eight shots, and subsequently headed into the second quarter trailing, 25-22.
Sabonis got the Indiana offense back on track in the second quarter. The 6-11 Lithuanian scored nine points — including a memorable sequence where he bulldozed Porzingis off the block and rose up for a one-handed slam — as the Pacers opened the frame with a 20-9 run to surge back in front.
The Pacers maintained the lead for the rest of the half, with Myles Turner contesting Porzingis at the rim just before the halftime buzzer to secure a 55-53 advantage for the home squad at the break.
Sabonis got another dunk on the opening possession of the second half, but the Mavs quickly responded. Porzingis scored nine points in a 14-4 Dallas run to retake control.
"When he's hot, he's a special player," Sabonis said of Porzingis' performance. "It's tough, even if you switch. He's taller than everybody and can just shoot over you. Especially tonight, he was getting calls too and it just made it a really difficult task."
The Mavericks extended their lead to as many as eight points in the third quarter. But Victor Oladipo provided a nice spark for the home crowd to end the frame.
The two-time All-Star continued to struggled with his shot for much of Monday's contest — just his third game back after missing over a year with a ruptured right quad tendon — and started the night 2-for-11 before he knifed through the defense for an acrobatic layup with 28.6 seconds left in the third quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr. followed with a 3-pointer on the other end, but Oladipo answered, pulling up from 35 feet and drilling his first 3-pointer of the night to trim Indiana's deficit to 82-77 entering the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks quickly pushed the lead back as high as nine in the fourth quarter and led 7-89 following Dorian Finney-Smith's layup with 6:57 remaining in the game.
Finney-Smith, however, was whistled for a technical for taunting after his basket. Doug McDermott knocked down the technical free throw and then Sabonis spun by Porzingis for a baseline bucket. On the other end, Justin Holiday jumped Finney-Smith's pass and drew another foul, hitting one of two foul shots to make it a four-point game.
After a pair of free throws from Porzingis, Sabonis converted a three-point play off a dish from Oladipo. Dallas, however, responded with four straight points to push its lead back to 103-96.
Sabonis scored again with 3:07 remaining and the Pacers got a stop, but Oladipo missed a good look at the 3-pointer from the left wing. Finney-Smith then drilled a corner three in front of the Pacers' bench.
Malcolm Brogdon knocked down a trey of his own to trim the deficit back down to five with 1:54 remaining, but Jalen Brunson answered with a jumper on the other end that effectively put the game out of reach.
"When we were able to get back into the game, we would have a breakdown on the perimeter and they would get to the basket or get to the free throw line," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "They made big shots to stop our runs. We had some open looks and we didn't knock down those shots."
Brogdon finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists for Indiana. Jeremy Lamb and Turner each added 11 points and five rebounds, while Doug McDermott also scored 11 points off the bench.
Oladipo finished with nine points and two assists, going 4-for-17 from the field and 1-for-10 from 3-point range in 23 minutes.
"I feel like I'm taking great shots," Oladipo said. "I feel like I'm in rhythm. I just can't think about it...just gotta keep shooting. I worked pretty hard all summer on my jumper, changing stuff, so I just gotta let it fly."
Hardaway tallied 25 points, four boards, and five assists for the Mavericks, going 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.
The Mavericks won despite playing without Doncic, who leads Dallas in points, assists, and rebounds, but is currently sidelined with a sprained ankle.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Pacers, who play their next two games against the red-hot Toronto Raptors, winners of 11 straight. The two teams meet in Toronto on Wednesday night and then again in Indianapolis on Friday.
Inside the Numbers
Sabonis recorded his team-leading 38th double-double of the season and was one assist shy of his third triple-double.
Indiana outscored the Mavericks 56-30 in points in the paint.
The Pacers forced Dallas into 12 turnovers, but committed just four, tying the franchise record for fewest turnovers.
Through three games, Oladipo is shooting just 8-for-39 from the field (20.5 percent) and 3-for-21 from 3-point range (14.3 percent).
Porzingis' 38 points were his most in a Mavericks uniform and his most since he scored 40 for the Knicks in a win over the Pacers on Nov. 5, 2017.
You Can Quote Me On That
"The execution wasn't good, especially in the first half. We knew Porzingis was capable of shooting the ball from that distance, and too many times we didn't talk and get the break off the switch. In the first half, he was really able to get free and have a clear look at the basket." -McMillan on Indiana's perimeter defense
"I don't think we shot it well but it is what it is. We're still learning each other. It took us some time to get it going, even our first couple games when I wasn't playing at the beginning of the year. We'll figure it out, we just have to stay positive and just continue to keep working hard. It'll eventually come...it'll click." -Oladipo
"It's tough because sometimes when he gets going he has to sit on the bench because of his minutes restriction. But we have to do a better job, I have to do a better job, of getting him open and getting him easy looks to get going. Once those first couple two to three shots go in, he's going to be back." -Sabonis on Oladipo's shooting slump
"I'm feeling good out there. I think we're playing pretty good basketball, we're moving the ball, playing the way we play, playing aggressive. Things are working pretty well for us. Although I feel like defensively we could have done a better job, especially myself. Hats off to those two big guys, Myles Turner and Domas Sabonis, they've gotten a lot better. It was fun. It was a good challenge to play against them and I look forward to playing against them in the future." -Porzingis
"KP is doing a really good job. He had a bunch of points, he was great from the 3-point line, his defense was terrific, he's mixing in a lot of rolls in off-ball action that are helping other guys get open for shots. He's just playing a really nice game of basketball." -Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Porzingis
Stat of the Night
The Mavericks outscored Indiana by 33 points from 3-point range on Monday. Dallas' 18 3-pointers were the most the Pacers have allowed in a home game this season. Conversely, the Blue & Gold went just 7-for-34 (20.6 percent) from beyond the arc.
- The Mavericks have won two of their last three games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- With Monday's win, Dallas improved to 17-7 on the road this season, the fourth-best road record in the NBA. Only the Bucks (19-4), Lakers (21-5), and Raptors (18-7) have better road records.
- Pacers forward T.J. Warren missed his first game of the season due to a concussion sustained in Saturday's loss to the Knicks. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Aaron Holiday.
The Pacers head to Toronto to take on the Raptors in the first game of a home-and-home set on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 PM ET.
The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »
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