- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The lowest-scoring team in the league lit up the Mavs. The Dallas offense had a dismal night.
That combination resulted in a pretty good butt-kicking at Bankers Life Coliseum.
The Pacers seized control of the game with a 28-12 run to start the second half. Indiana shooting guard Lance Stephenson had 10 of his 12 points during that spurt.
Darren Collison got dominated by the point guard who took his starting job last season. George Hill had 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added seven assists. Collison had 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting and four assists.
With Collison struggling, the Dallas offense went dead in the second half. The Mavs scored only 34 points on 14-of-45 shooting after halftime. Shawn Marion had just two points in his return to the lineup.
What it means: The Mavs fell to .500 with their fourth loss in the last five games. Dallas has had an especially difficult time on the road. They have a four-game road losing streak since beating the Los Angeles Lakers in the season opener. They’ll get a shot to end that skid Saturday night in Cleveland. They started preparing for that game with 4:27 remaining, when coach Rick Carlisle pulled all his starters.
Play of the game: Hill split a Rodrigue Beaubois/Bernard James trap at the top of the arc, drove down the middle of the lane and kicked the ball to a wide-open Sam Young in the corner when the defense collapsed. Young hit a 3-pointer to cap the Pacers’ 11-2 run, giving Indiana a 70-59 lead with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter.
Stat of the night: O.J. Mayo (19 points) was the only Maverick to score more than 10 points.