Pacers post convincing win over previously hot Mavs

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Updated: March 28, 2013

Paul George tallied 24 points, eight rebounds
and six assists, and the Indiana Pacers cooled off the red-hot Dallas
Mavericks with a 103-78 victory at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Indiana, winners in six of its last seven, received 16 points and 11 rebounds
from Roy Hibbert as well, while Tyler Hansbrough and Orlando Johnson
contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench.

The Pacers saw David West return to the lineup after missing six games with a
back injury, but found out before the game they will be without former All-
Star Danny Granger for the rest of the season, with the forward undergoing
season-ending knee surgery.

West had seven points and seven boards.

Dallas’ attempt to reach the .500 mark fell apart after halftime. Dirk
Nowitzki had 21 points and seven rebounds and Vince Carter followed with
14 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who had won nine of 12 coming in.

Outscoring Dallas by a 34-17 count in the third, the Pacers surged out of
halftime with a 10-1 push, ignited by a George Hill 3-pointer and capped on a
pair of George free throws to create a 51-42 edge.

The Mavericks struggled to slow down Indiana’s offense, which shot a scorching
70 percent in the third and opened up a 14-point edge on George’s jumper with
4:35 left.

George then capped a 13-point quarter two minutes later, canning a triple to
put the Pacers ahead, 72-54, and they carried a 17-point cushion into the
fourth.

The Mavs reduced their margin to 10 early in the fourth on Carter’s 3-pointer,
but the Pacers countered with an 8-0 run soon after to put them down for good.

Hibbert hit on 6-of-8 from the line during the stretch and Johnson’s layup
created a 91-71 advantage. The Pacers led by as many as 27 over the final five
minutes.

Indiana built upon its 23-18 first quarter lead with a pair of baskets early
in the second to create a nine-point spread, but Dallas cut away to knot the
score at 41-41 by the break.

Darren Collison helped the Mavs erase their deficit, scoring seven points
during a 15-7 run. He then added a floater with under a minute left to put
Dallas in front, 39-37, but Lance Stephenson’s score in the final seconds sent
the Pacers into halftime tied.

Game Notes

Dallas had a three-game home winning streak snapped … The Pacers have won
two in a row in Dallas after losing their previous seven contests there …
Collison scored 10 for the Mavs … Indiana was 7-for-15 from 3-point
distance.