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Game 43 Recap: Mavs vs Pacers

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On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Indiana Pacers in the final home game in the month of March. The Mavericks have been hot as of late as they’ve won 14 of their last 19 games. The Mavericks look to continue to take advantage of the easiest part of their second half schedule while rising up the western conference standings.

On Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Minnesota Timberwolves in the final game of their road trip. The Mavericks started this game slow as the Timberwolves looked like they had the Mavericks “trapped” until the Mavericks built a 56-55 lead at halftime. Once the second half started, it was all Mavericks from there on as they managed to defeat the Timberwolves 128-108. Luka Doncic struggled as he posted just 15 points but had Kristaps Porzingis there to help pick up the slack as he finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Seven players from the Mavericks were able to score double-digits in points as the ran away from the Timberwolves. With the the win, Mavericks record improved to 23-19 on the season, as they are currently seventh in the western conference standings. In their last 10 games, the Mavericks are 7-3, that has helped them gain some momentum in the conference standings.

The Indiana Pacers are coming into this game by going 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a 116-111 win against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday to see their record improve to 20-23 on the season. The Pacers are coming into this season with solid hopes of trying to make playoffs and that still remains possible in the clumsy eastern conference. The Pacers are currently ninth in the eastern conference as they are just separated by two games from the fourth seed. This team is led by Malcolm Brogdon as they look to secure a spot in the playoffs. If they can continue to play good basketball for the rest of the season, then they would be in a good position to secure a good seed in the eastern conference playoffs.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks won their last meeting with the Pacers 124-112 on January 20th, 2021. The Mavericks previously tied their regular season series last season 1-1 against the Pacers Overall, the Mavericks hold the all-time series with a record of 45-33.

Before this game, the Mavericks made a trade during the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday which they acquired J.J Redick and Nicolo Melli from the New Orleans Pelicans for James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, cash considerations and a 2021 second round pick. With the trade, the Mavericks bring in shooters to help Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. J.J Redick will wear number 17 for the Mavericks as soon as he’s cleared to return to action while he recovers from a heel procedure that has kept him sidelined since March 3rd, 2021. Nicolo Melli will wear number 44 for the Mavericks and will be ready to go on Saturday. We thank James Johnson and Wes Iwundu for their contributions to the team and wish them good luck in their future.

The Mavericks started this game by having Luka Doncic sit out with “lower back tightness” according to Rick Carlisle while Willie Cauley-Stein and Tyrell Terry remain out still. As a result, the Mavericks went with Brunson, Richardson, Finney-Smith, Kleber and Porzingis as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he nailed a jump shot for the Mavericks to get this game underway. The Pacers wouldn’t get their first points until the 10:53 mark as Malcolm Brogdon drilled a three pointer to take their first lead of the game at 3-2. The game would be tied until Kristaps Porzingis put back slam dunk made it 7-5 with 9:36 left in the quarter. These Pacers came to play as they came out of the gate firing by getting off to a fast start. Kristaps Porzingis nailed a jump shot to give him 9 of the 11 Mavericks’ points with 8:37 left in the quarter to tie the game at 11-11. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout 7:01 left in the quarter as the game remained tied at 13-13. Prior to this timeout, both teams got off to quick starts as the Pacers made five of their first ten attempts taken but the Mavericks were slightly better in which they made six of their first eleven attempts taken thus far. This quickly looked like a NASCAR race with both teams racing at to fast starts to begin the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Josh Richardson but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer to keep the score at 11-11 with 6:50 left in the quarter. Both teams were on scoring droughts for nearly two minutes until Kristaps Porzingis nailed both free-throws to take a 15-13 lead with 5:36 left in the quarter. Both teams were having fun exchanging baskets to hop out in front and tie the game until the Mavericks built a five point lead after Josh Richardson nailed a three pointer to extend their lead to 20-15 with 4:13 left in the quarter. The Pacers would come all the way back to take a two point lead after Doug McDermott drilled a three pointer to take a 22-20 lead with 2:58 left in the quarter. The Pacers would call a timeout with 2:38 left in the quarter while holding a 22-20 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Pacers offense was “racing” as they were able to generate a 7-0 run to regain the lead. The Mavericks offense was in need of gas as their last basket came at the 4:13 mark off of a Josh Richardson three pointer. Coming out of the timeout, the Pacers allowed Tim Hardaway Jr to drill a three pointer to take a 23-22 Mavericks lead with 2:29 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Pacers were able to take the lead on a buzzer beater as they took a 31-29 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 13 points for the Mavericks. The Pacers were led by Malcolm Brogdon as he scored 8 points. The first quarter was so fast paced that you couldn’t keep track what was going on in the game. The Mavericks ended the first quarter by shooting 42.9% on 12-of-28 shooting from the field.

The second quarter would begin by having Jalen Brunson nail a jump shot for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Pacers wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 10:56 mark as Doug McDermott nailed a three pointer to take a 34-31 lead in the quarter. The Pacers would extend their lead to seven points after Doug McDermott drilled a three pointer to extend their lead to 40-33 with 9:42 left in the quarter. The Pacers kept taking three pointers and they kept making them to destroy the Mavericks defense in this quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 8:47 left in the quarter as the Mavericks were getting destroyed by the Pacers’ three pointers that resulted in a 45-36 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks offense couldn’t get anything going as their shots couldn’t find the bottom of the hoop. However, the Pacers were having a “three point contest” as their three pointers kept falling to build a nine point lead. The Mavericks only made three of their first seven attempts while the Pacers made four of their first seven attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Kristaps Porzingis as he gave the Mavericks a much needed basket by nailing an easy layup to come within 45-38 of the Pacers with 8:24 left in the quarter. The Pacers would hit the 50-point mark while extending their lead to thirteen points after Myles Turner drilled a three pointer to extend their lead to 51-38 with 7:14 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were struggling to reach 40 points in the game while the Pacers had their eyes on reaching 60 points as that’s how this game was going. The Mavericks finally gotten a point from Josh Richardson by nailing a free-throw with 5:20 left in the quarter to come within 52-39 of the Pacers, as the points came at the 8:24 mark. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 4:37 left in the quarter as the Mavericks were down by 54-39. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks looked like they had trouble with their “engines” as their offense were “misfiring” while the Pacers passed the “state inspection” by having their offense clicking on all cylinders. The Mavericks were on a scoring drought as their last made shot came at the 8:24 mark. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dorian Finney-Smith to snap the “shooting drought” as he was able to convert on a floating jump shot off an offensive rebound to come within 54-41 of the Pacers with 4:13 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Pacers easily were able to maintain onto their lead as they took a 61-48 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 15 points for the Mavericks. The Pacers were led by Malcolm Brogdon and Doug McDermott as they both scored 12 points. This quarter was all Pacers as they were bulldozing through the Mavericks. The Mavericks look to get an “oil change” as they would need one to have any hopes in the second half. The Mavericks ended the first half by shooting 37% on 20-of-54 shooting from the field. The Mavericks defense was disastrous as they allowed the Pacers to make 13 3-pointers for 46.4% in the first half.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Josh Richardson nail a layup to come within 61-50 of the Pacers. Caris LeVert was able to score the first points for the Pacers in this quarter as he nailed a three pointer with 11:23 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 64-50. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 9:41 left in the quarter as the Mavericks were down 69-52. Prior to this timeout, the Pacer were on a 8-4 run to begin the quarter as they made three of their first four attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks only made two shots and those came near the rim as they began the quarter by making two of their first five attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dorian Finney-Smith but couldn’t convert as he lost the ball on a bad pass by Jalen Brunson that kept the score at 69-52 with 9:22 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to generate some stops on defense and got a 7-0 run out of it to cut the Pacers lead to 69-59 with 7:05 left in the quarter. The Pacers ended the Mavericks scoring run after Malcolm Brogdon drilled a three pointer to extend their lead to 72-59 with 6:28 left in the quarter. The Pacers would call a timeout with 5:35 left in the quarter after the Mavericks cut the lead down to 72-64. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a much needed scoring run by creating a 12-3 run to have a shot at erasing the Pacers lead. Coming out of the timeout, the Pacers turned to T.J McConnell but couldn’t convert as he missed a layup that kept the score at 72-64 with 5:14 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to cut their deficit to under 10-points as Tim Hardaway Jr nailed a layup to come within 74-66 of the Pacers with 4:11 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Pacers were able to maintain onto their lead to take a 82-75 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 29 points for the Mavericks. The Pacers were led by Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis as they both scored 15 points. This was a much better quarter for the Mavericks as they appeared to had gotten things clean up during halftime. The Mavericks were shooting 42.1% on 32-of-76 shooting from the field through three quarters of play.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Tim Hardaway nail a difficult three pointer for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Pacers weren’t able to get their points in the quarter until the 11:22 mark by having T.J McConnell nail a jump shot to extend their lead to 84-78. The Mavericks were able to reach the 80-point mark in the game while trimming the deficit to 84-80 by having Jalen Brunson nailed a jump shot with 10:15 left in the game. The Mavericks were right there to take over the game, all they needed was to generate a couple of stops on defense and capitalize it on offense. However, a 5-0 run by the Pacers would increase their lead to 89-80 after Caris LeVert drilled a three pointer with 9:30 left in the game. The Mavericks were giving everything they had left in the tank to try to comeback and erase the Pacers lead for the reminder 8:30 of the game, they would need to play solid defense throughout to have a chance. A T.J McConnell jump shot would not help as that extended the Pacers lead to 91-82 with 7:03 left in the game. The Pacers would call a timeout with 6:43 left in the game after holding a 91-82 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Pacers were on a 7-2 run to maintain momentum and control of the game as they would hold a nine point game. The Mavericks would need to generate some much needed stops on defense for the reminder of the game to have a chance at coming back in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Pacers would generate a stop on defense as Josh Richardson missed a jump shot that kept the score at 91-82 with 6:29 left in the game. The Mavericks had good looks on offense but couldn’t turn it into points as that would not help the cause of trying to maintain a scoring run. The Pacers would go on a 9-0 scoring run after T.J McConnell nailed a jump shot to extend their lead to 96-82 with 5:41 left in the game. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 4:39 left in the game after the Pacers reached the 100-point mark by having Malcolm Brogdon drill a three pointer to increase their lead to 101-84. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks simply were running on “E” and were relying with whatever gas they had left in the tank to be enough for a victory as they their offense were struggling on top of their miserable defense. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Kristaps Porzingis but couldn’t convert as he was blocked by Myles Turner that kept the score at 101-84 with 4:26 left in the game. Unless the Mavericks were able to generate a “historic” rally, the Pacers were on their way to a victory.

This team looked like they had engine problems as their offense had major damage by not getting anything to fall in the hoop while the Pacers used the Mavericks struggles to take a 0-0 halftime lead. The Mavericks were in the middle of a “speed chase” with the Pacers to see who will cross the finish line first.

In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers defeating the Dallas Mavericks 109-94 without Luka Doncic. The Mavericks record would drop to 23-20 on the season. Without Luka Doncic playing, Kristaps Porzingis took the load and finished the game with 31 points and 18 rebounds in the loss. The Pacers were led by Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis as they both finished with 22 points. The Mavericks simply didn’t have enough firepower as the Pacers took advantage by drilling a season-high 20 three pointers in the game. The Mavericks also gotten some production from Tim Hardaway Jr as he finished with 16 points.

The Mavericks will get on a plane to travel to New Orleans as they will play the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday in the second night of a back-to-back. This would be the first of a five game road trip for the Mavericks.

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