Mavs extend Pacers' skid to 4 with 105-94 win
Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks extended Indiana's season-long losing streak to four games with a 105-94 victory against the Pacers on Sunday night.
The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.
Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed a game and a half up on Miami for the lead in the Eastern Conference after the Heat lost in overtime to Chicago.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points on a tough shooting night as the Mavericks swept the two-game season series from the Pacers, who were coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.
"Stay the course," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "It's a tough stretch of the schedule. We knew it was going to be tough. You're going to have to play at your best to win at Dallas, at Houston."
Indiana was within 89-87 when Harris, who had a season high in points, had his fist-pumping three-point play and Nowitzki hit a pair of free throws.
Ellis, who matched big men Nowitzki and Sam Dalembert with eight rebounds, put the game away in the final 2 minutes with a pair of jumpers that gave the Mavericks yet another double-digit lead at 102-92 with 56 seconds left.
"We really responded after losing three in a row," said Harris, who also had a season-high four steals. "Obviously we started off well and ended well, but had some trouble in between."
Paul George was right on his scoring average from his last two trips to Dallas, but the Pacers couldn't get the defensive stops needed to make it three straight wins in Dallas.
"They just made big shots," George said. "Monta got hot and hit a couple of big shots. Game over."
Lance Stephenson kept Indiana in the game early with 18 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting, but was limited by foul trouble in the second half and finished with 21. George Hill scored 20 for Indiana.
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