DALLAS -- This isn't exactly a defensive clinic.
It is, however, awfully entertaining basketball.
Both teams shot in the high 60s during a high-tempo first quarter. It's Mavs 35, Pacers 33 despite the fact that two of the league's elite scorers played complementary roles.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki was the Mavs' fifth leading scorer in the quarter with four points. Rodrigue Beabois (seven points) set the tone and loosened up the Indiana defense with his drives to the bucket. Jason Kidd knocked down a trio of treys for nine points. And an active Brendan Haywood and Jason Terry contributed six points apiece.
Indiana star Danny Granger's only points came on a pair of free throws. The Pacers were carried by a pair of ACC-produced power forwards. Josh McRoberts and Tyler Hansbrough each put up seven points.