Game 36: Mavs at Pacers

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Patented Dirk

Dirk Nowitzki scores on his patented one-legged, step-back jumper.

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoping to build on Tuesday’s 98-94 victory at home against Toronto, the Dallas Mavericks ventured back out on the road 24 hours later and tried to keep trending in the right direction.

Concluding a back-to-back Wednesday night and beginning a three-game road trip, the Mavericks tried to build on Tuesday’s performance away from home. The Mavs also attempted to take down another Eastern Conference powerhouse, looking to get the better of the Indiana Pacers without leading scorer Victor Oladipo (sore right knee) in the lineup. And after staging a 14-4 run to end the game, the Mavericks (11-25) scratched and clawed their way to a hard-fought 98-94 victory.

“It was big. You know, they obviously missed Oladipo a lot down the stretch, but hey, we’ve lost plenty of games lately to teams without some of their players,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said after the win. “You know, we’ve had players out all season, so it is what it is. I’m glad we battled for each other and got some stops.”

Trying to get off to a fast start without the Pacers’ No. 1 offensive option on the floor, the Mavericks would instead find themselves in an early 8-2 hole. The Mavs then looked to their ageless superstar, settling down after back-to-back scores from Nowitzki. Still, after a jumper from Pacers big man Myles Turner put the home team up 14-9, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was forced to call for timeout with 6:50 left in the opening period.

Leading scorer Harrison Barnes then began to go to work at the offensive end of the floor, attempting to will his team in front. The Pacers (19-16) countered with the duo of Turner and combo guard Lance Stephenson. And after trailing by nine in the quarter, the Mavericks looked up to a 29-22 deficit entering the second stanza.

“We stuck with it,” Carlisle said. “You know, they’re a great offensive team, and they were making shots early in the game. We just felt like if we picked up our intensity a little bit, we could contest a little better and make it tough on them.”

Staging a rally behind the play of their reserves, the Mavericks charged to within three after veteran Devin Harris found second-year standout Yogi Ferrell in transition. The Mavs crept to within one a short time later following Nowitzki’s feed to a cutting Dwight Powell for a two-handed slam, forcing an Indiana timeout after Dallas cut the deficit to 29-28 with 10:10 left in the first half.

An alley-oop connection between Harris and Powell followed as the Mavericks remained within an arm’s reach. Nowitzki then tied the game briefly at 34-all after a driving score of his own, leading to backup point guard J.J. Barea’s lob pass for rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to keep the Mavs even on the scoreboard. Smith also contributed from the outside with a timely three after the Pacers opened up a five-point lead. But after three-pointers from Harris and swingman Wesley Matthews briefly put the Mavericks on top at 51-50, the Pacers surged back ahead to take a 54-53 edge into the halftime break.

Led by 21 combined points from the duo of Powell and Matthews on 8-of-12 total shooting, the Mavericks trailed by one while being outshot through two quarters, 57.9 percent to 53.7 percent. The Pacers also held a 19-13 rebounding advantage, overcoming their eight turnovers in the half.

“I thought in the first half we weren’t great defensively. They got in the lane too many times and were shooting the ball really, really well. We made some adjustments at halftime, we went under on some of their pick-and-rolls and really kept their guards more out of the lane. … In the second half, we made an adjustment, and that helped us,” Nowitzki foreshadowed.

Starting the second-half scoring with Nowitzki’s three from the top of the key, the Mavericks quickly assumed the lead early in the third quarter. Barnes also upped his aggression in the period, moving into double figures on the offensive end of the floor. And after Nowitzki found fellow German Maxi Kleber in the corner for a three-point bomb, the Mavs held a 62-58 edge with 6:54 left in the third.

However, the Pacers again had an answer as former Mav Darren Collison took over the Indiana scoring attack to put the home team back ahead. Turner also slid back into the scoring in the midst of a 10-2 Indy run to put the Pacers up 68-64. A three-pointer from Turner followed as the Pacers opened up a five-point lead at 71-66. But after the Pacers went up by seven, Harris’ driving score and Ferrell’s trey from the corner brought the Mavericks back within two. The Mavs limped into the fourth from there, trailing 74-71.

Putting the ball in the hands of versatile forward Domantas Sabonis early in the final quarter, the Pacers threatened to pull away before Harris’ driving three-point play brought the Mavs to within four. Harris then answered a three by Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, keeping the Mavericks within striking distance. And after Nowitzki kept his team in the game with a barrage of jumpers later in the quarter, the Mavericks trailed 88-84 with 5:23 left to play.

Ferrell then answered Stephenson’s score with a jumper of his own, aided by a foul away from the ball and Powell’s free throw to bring the Mavs within three. Smith’s cat-quick score made the deficit just one a short time later. Barnes’ pull-up jumper put the Mavericks on top from there, leading to Ferrell’s three from the corner to cap a 10-0 Dallas run while putting the visiting team up 94-90. Not to be outdone, Bogdanovic brought the Pacers within two the next time down the floor. Stephenson’s driving score with 53 seconds left tied the game at 94-all as the teams continued to exchange haymakers. Barnes split a pair of free throws with 37.7 seconds remaining to put the Mavs back up one. Smith then stepped up to the occasion after Matthews’ timely steal, going in for a layup to put the Mavericks up three with 25.2 seconds left on the game clock. The Dallas defense again stepped up while forcing a miss from three-point range by Collison. And after Ferrell’s 1-of-2 trip to the foul line with 3.5 seconds remaining, the Mavericks secured the win in the final moments.

Scoring 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Nowitzki led the Mavericks while grabbing seven rebounds. Barnes and Ferrell added 13 points apiece, and Matthews pitched in 12 points in the first unit. Meanwhile, Powell scored 12 points in a reserve role, and Harris finished with 10 points off the bench.

Turner, Collison and Stephenson all scored 16 points apiece to lead six Pacers in double figures. However, the Mavericks outshot the Pacers for the game, 51.3 percent to 48.1 percent. The Mavs also overcame a 39-35 rebounding disadvantage, converting the Pacers’ 16 turnovers into 18 points to overshadow their own 10 giveaways.

“We just fought with fire and continued to play hard,” Matthews proclaimed. “We continued to believe that we had this game, even though we let them kind of get a juice and a mojo going. This is a good team. They shoot it well, and they’ve got a lot of guys that can score. But we stuck to our guns, kept playing hard, kept lifting each other up, and we got a win.”

“We were able to build off what we did last night in Dallas, and hopefully we carry that momentum over to New Orleans,” Barnes said while turning the page on the win.

Note: The Mavericks will now head New Orleans and continue their road trip Friday night against the Pelicans. New Orleans leads the season series 1-0 after a 99-94 win in Dallas on Nov. 3. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor next Wednesday night at American Airlines Center against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, SF 30 5-12 1-5 2-4 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 1 -1 13
M. Kleber, PF 17 2-7 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 -10 5
D. Nowitzki, C 26 7-10 1-3 0-0 0 7 7 3 1 1 0 1 6 15
W. Matthews, SG 32 5-9 1-4 1-1 0 4 4 3 2 0 1 1 -1 12
D. Smith Jr., PG 29 4-9 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 2 3 2 9
Y. Ferrell 30 5-8 2-4 1-2 0 3 3 4 0 1 1 1 1 13
J. Barea 20 2-6 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 7 1 0 2 0 6 4
D. Powell 22 4-6 0-1 4-5 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 2 13 12
D. Harris 22 4-8 1-3 1-1 0 3 3 2 0 1 0 2 3 10
S. Mejri 7 2-3 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 5
K. Collinsworth 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Motley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   40-78 8-29 10-15 4 31 35 26 7 3 9 12   98
    51.3% 27.6%                      

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Pacers

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
B. Bogdanovic, SF 34 5-13 2-5 1-2 0 4 4 2 0 0 2 3 3 13
T. Young, PF 35 5-11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 2 2 7 11
M. Turner, C 34 6-12 1-3 3-4 1 5 6 0 2 2 2 1 2 16
L. Stephenson, SG 36 7-12 2-5 0-0 2 13 15 5 2 0 4 4 -1 16
D. Collison, PG 34 5-13 2-5 4-4 1 2 3 7 1 0 1 1 3 16
C. Joseph 30 5-9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 6 0 1 2 2 -14 10
D. Sabonis 19 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 4 1 1 1 2 -5 6
J. Young 13 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -7 6
A. Poythress 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 -8 0
I. Anigbogu 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Jefferson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Leaf 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wilkins 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
V. Oladipo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Robinson III 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Sumner 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   38-79 10-25 8-10 7 32 39 27 8 4 15 17   94
    48.1% 40.0%                      

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Yogi To Barnes

Yogi Ferrell feeds the bounce pass to Harrison Barnes for the easy slam dunk.


Harris Feeds Yogi On The Break

Devin Harris hits Yogi Ferrell with the nice bounce pass for the easy layup on the break.


Stop And Pop

Yogi Ferrell drives, stops and knocks down the free-throw line jumper.


Defense Leads To Offense For Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki gets the block on one end and knocks down the three on the other end.


Dirk 41 Moments #10

Dirk and the Mavs pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in franchise history on Feb. 25, 2006 against Toronto, coming behind from a 24-point 3rd-quarter deficit to win 115-113 in overtime. Nowitzki sank the go-ahead jumper with 1 second left in the extra period, then blocked Morris Peterson’s last-second attempt at the other end to seal the victory.

INDIANAPOLIS — After taking down the hottest team in the NBA with a gritty performance at home Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks believe they now travel with plenty of momentum while beginning a daunting three-game road trip.

Hosting a Toronto Raptors team that had won six straight and 12 of its previous 13 games overall, the Mavericks (10-25) relied on the defensive end of the floor while capturing a 98-93 victory Tuesday. Led by backup point guard J.J. Barea’s 20 points off the bench on 9-of-18 shooting, the Mavs outshot the Raptors for the game, 42.6 percent to 33.7 percent. The Mavericks added a 56-53 rebounding edge, scoring 13 points off Toronto’s 12 turnovers to overcome their own 14 giveaways. Perhaps more importantly, the Dallas defense held perennial All-Star DeMar DeRozan to just eight points on 3-of-16 shooting in the win. Barea now says the Mavs hope to have the same defensive success Wednesday night while concluding a back-to-back and beginning their road trip against the Indiana Pacers.

“Our offense was moving. The pace was running high, and we were getting stops. We were able to score, we were moving the ball and attacking the paint, and it all started with us getting stops,” Barea said after the win. “The defense was great, especially [Wesley Matthews] on DeRozan all night. I think everybody was rebounding, so I knew if we got one or two buckets that was game. I’m glad I was able to knock that down, and we’ll got from there.”

Like the Mavericks, the Pacers (19-15) will be on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. However, after falling to a 107-83 road loss Tuesday night in Detroit, the Pacers will be eager to return to their home floor.

The Pacers trailed 40-19 after the first quarter of that game, scoring a season-low number of points in the loss. That said, the Mavs expect the Pacers to come out reenergized in front of their hometown fans. And according to Matthews, the Mavericks will quickly have to move on from Tuesday’s victory in order to find success away from home.

“Well, we’ve got to move on to the next one. We’ve had good wins before and we had letdowns immediately after, so we can’t get too high after this one,” Matthews explained. “We feel good about it, and hopefully it propels us and carries us into an explosive Indiana team on the road. These next couple of games on the road won’t be easy, but hopefully we can build off of this.”

Note: The Mavericks will now head to Indiana to complete their back-to-back Wednesday night against the Pacers. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor next Wednesday night at American Airlines Center against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out