Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Saturday, January 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 5th

Mavericks 141

(34-14, 16-7 away)

Pacers 140

(25-25, 15-10 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:00 PM ET, February 5, 2002

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    DAL 36 31 18 35 11 10141
    IND 35 23 31 31 11 9140

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 38 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Ind: A. Croshere 32 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Mavs win wild game featuring 194 field goal attempts

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki did the one thing the Indiana Pacers could not do: make free throws in the closing seconds of an overtime.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 38 points and 17 rebounds, but his free thows at the end won it.

    Nowitzki scored 38 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and hit the game-winning free throws with 3.6 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pacers 141-140 in double overtime Tuesday night.

    Michael Finley scored 31 points and had 14 rebounds, Steve Nash had 25 points and 10 assists and Tim Hardaway added 21 for the Mavericks, who reached a season-high point total.

    The Pacers had two chances in the first overtime and one in the second to put Dallas away with free-throws but missed all six attempts.

    "They certainly had opportunities to put us away," said Dallas coach Don Nelson. "Chances are, somebody's going to get a break when you miss your free throws. That's the only reason we won the game."

    Jamaal Tinsley missed two free throws with 5.4 seconds left in the first overtime and the score tied at 131. Jeff Foster grabbed the rebound off the second miss and was fouled but also missed twice.

    "They missed four free throws in a row there, so I guess we were lucky," said Nowitzki. "We've been in close games before. We knew we could win it. Then they missed all those free throws and it gave us some life."

    With 1:56 left in the second overtime, Reggie Miller, who scored 23, put the Pacers ahead 136-134, and Austin Croshere followed with a dunk on the next possession to make it 138-134.

    Croshere, who hadn't scored more than 14 points this season and had fallen out of coach Isiah Thomas' rotation, tied a career-high with 32 points and had 12 rebounds. Jalen Rose led the Pacers with 33 points and Tinsley had 18 points and 19 assists.

    Croshere had only played 23 minutes the last two games and had been left on the bench in two games. With Jermaine O'Neal injured and the Pacers hurt by foul trouble early, Croshere earned the most minutes he'd seen in nearly a month.

    "This game allowed me to play through mistakes that I may not have been able to play through in other games," he said. "I only hope that when everyone is back that the rotation will still be there so I can get some meaningful minutes."

    Hardaway made a 3 and Nowitzki made two free throws to cut the deficit to 140-139 with 9.2 seconds left.

    Then Jonathan Bender missed two free throws with 8.4 seconds left, setting up Nowitzki's game winners.

    Bender also missed a turnaround 11-footer as time expired.

    The Pacers shot 49-for-101 from the floor and made 28 of 37 free throws. The Pacers made all 24 free throws in the first half. Dallas went 46-for-93 and made 38 of 42 free throws.

    The Pacers ran into foul trouble early. Rose and Bender picked up three each in the first quarter and when Foster was called for his third to start the second, the Pacers went with a radically different lineup.

    The Pacers played most of the second quarter with Miller, Tinsley, Best, Croshere and Bruno Sundov. Even little-used Norm Richardson played the final 1:20 of the half when Best picked up his third foul.

    Dallas took advantage of the lineup that clearly wasn't used to playing with each other and led by as many as 14 before settling for a 67-58 lead at the half.

    Game notes
    O'Neal sat out with a sprained left ankle. ... Dallas coach Don Nelson and assistant Del Harris both received technical fouls in the first quarter. ...The 140 points were the most for Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse. ...Finley played 57 minutes, Nowitzki played 53 and Tinsley 56. Finley and Tinsley topped the most minutes by any player in the NBA this season. ... Indiana's 33 3-point attempts are a team record.

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