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News » Mavs ready for main event After knocking out Pacers, Dallas to step in ring against Cavs


Mavs ready for main event After knocking out Pacers, Dallas to step in ring against Cavs


Mavs ready for main event After knocking out Pacers, Dallas to step in ring against Cavs INDIANAPOLIS - The Mavericks are making it look easy so far on this road trip.

We'll see if they can keep it going tonight when they must reel in a much bigger fish.

So far, they have feasted on minnows, although they must be doing something right to win consecutive road games by a combined 51 points.

On Friday night, they took apart the Indiana Pacers to the tune of 113-92 at Conseco Fieldhouse, and they did so with superior rebounding, impressive performances by a bunch of reserves and a point-per-minute from Dirk Nowitzki.

If you're talking about pure dominance on the road, they don't come more thorough than the last two. After beating Houston by 31 on Wednesday, the Mavericks stepped on Indiana's throat early and never let them gasp a rallying breath.

"If you go out there and relax, you're setting yourself up,'' said Jason Terry, who had 17 of the 48 points scored by the reserves. "You don't want to regret these games that you know you should be winning.

"By the same token, [tonight] is another opportunity for us to prove we're a good team.''

After hammering the Pacers, the Mavericks boarded their plane for Cleveland, where they play LeBron James and the Cavaliers tonight. Both teams are 12-4.

What the Mavericks will have to do is more of what they did in the first two games of this trip, when they skunked the opponent early.

Friday's wipeout featured key contributions from off the beaten path. James Singleton and Kris Humphries helped ignite a second-quarter romp that put the Mavericks up by 20.

When the Pacers cut it to 66-54 at halftime, the starters came back in the third quarter and salted it away.

All the while, the Mavericks rebounded, pounding the Pacers on the boards, 54-33.

"We got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "I thought Singleton gave us great energy. We made a good push when he was in there in the first half. He was physical, made a lot of things happen, and he was ready to play. Our second unit was good.''

Singleton had played in only four of the previous six games and just a total of six minutes. But he had 10 rebounds and was active at both ends of the court.

"We got 12 guys who can play,'' Singleton said. "For a guy like me, I'm capable, but I just have to wait. If I'm in there, I'm going to do something, even if it's just fouling somebody. You're going to know I'm on the floor.''

Singleton, Terry and Humphries (12 points, 11 rebounds) were a nice 1-2-3 off the bench. And then there was Nowitzki, who carried the load offensively with 31 points in 30 minutes.

And after they were done, the Mavericks weren't interested in talking about a breezy win. Their attention was immediately focused on the Cavaliers and James.

"To me, he and Kobe are the best players in the league,'' Nowitzki said. "He's a monster. I'm sure we'll try several guys on him to slow him down. And now he's got all those shooters around him. They got a tough lineup. It's a tough matchup, but I like what we're doing lately.''

Injury update: Erick Dampier wasn't ready to talk about the illness that knocked him out the last two weeks. But he did say that he's getting closer to a return.

"It'll be soon,'' he said. "Maybe next week.''

Meanwhile, Shawn Marion gutted out 30 minutes Friday night, then was hobbling around the locker room on his sore left ankle.

"I'll do whatever it takes for the team, but that thing is hurting worse now,'' he said.

Mavericks 113, Pacers 92

Mavericks M FG

M-A 3-pt

M-A FT

M-A Tot.

Pts. Reb.

O-T Ast. F Stl TO Blk Sea.

Avg. High

Game

Marion 29:57 6-15 0-2 1-2 13 4-8 0 3 0 0 1 12.6 18

Nowitzki 30:19 10-14 0-0 11-13 31 0-4 2 1 1 2 2 27.1 41

Gooden 19:31 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 2-7 1 2 0 2 0 9.2 22

Kidd 26:19 4-7 3-4 0-0 11 0-5 4 0 0 2 1 7.3 19

Beaubois 17:47 2-4 2-3 0-0 6 0-1 2 3 2 1 0 7.1 14

Terry 29:06 7-14 1-4 2-2 17 0-0 3 0 2 0 0 18.1 35

Thomas 10:45 2-4 1-1 0-0 5 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 10.0 23

Barea 22:48 3-6 2-3 0-0 8 1-6 4 2 0 3 0 8.6 14

Humphries 22:48 3-10 0-0 6-9 12 5-11 1 4 0 1 1 7.0 15

Singleton 22:43 2-9 0-2 2-2 6 4-10 2 5 1 1 1 2.4 10

Carroll 7:57 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1-1 1 1 0 1 0 1.0 5

Totals 240:00 41-92 9-21 22-28 113 17-54 20 22 6 13 6 103.9 130

Pacers M FG

M-A 3-pt

M-A FT

M-A Tot.

Pts. Reb.

O-T Ast. F Stl TO Blk Sea.

Avg. High

Game

Granger 37:47 5-16 2-9 8-11 20 0-1 2 3 3 3 1 24.8 36

Murphy 27:45 4-7 2-2 0-1 10 0-2 1 3 1 2 2 10.5 18

Hibbert 12:01 3-7 0-0 0-0 6 1-1 1 2 0 0 0 10.3 19

Ford 26:14 3-5 0-1 3-4 9 0-2 5 3 0 1 0 10.2 18

Rush 27:12 2-8 0-3 0-0 4 0-4 1 1 1 1 1 8.4 16

Foster 15:11 2-3 0-0 0-0 4 1-6 1 4 0 3 0 2.0 4

DJones 24:48 2-11 0-1 2-2 6 0-3 0 3 0 2 1 16.4 25

Hansbrough 8:18 2-2 0-0 0-2 4 2-5 2 1 0 0 0 7.6 14

Watson 22:25 2-5 1-4 2-4 7 1-3 2 2 1 1 0 7.1 20

Dunleavy 15:40 4-7 1-1 4-4 13 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 13.0 13

SJones 11:06 2-3 0-0 0-0 4 2-3 2 1 1 0 0 4.3 12

Head 11:34 2-2 1-1 0-0 5 0-1 2 0 1 2 0 5.2 14

Totals 240:01 33-76 7-22 19-28 92 7-33 20 23 9 15 6 98.3 113

1 2 3 4 OT F 2FG% 3FG% TFG% FT%

DALLAS 35 31 29 18 - 113 .451 .429 .446 .786

INDIANA 26 28 15 23 - 92 .481 .318 .434 .679

Halftime: Dallas 66-54. Third quarter: Dallas 95-69. Opponents' largest lead: 1 point. Mavericks' largest lead: 28. Lead changes: 6. Team turnovers: Dallas 15, Indiana 15. Attendance: 16,613 (18,165 cap). Time: 2:15. Technical fouls: none. Flagrant fouls: none. Officials: Ken Mauer, Tommy Nunez, Leon Wood.


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