Pacers Start Off Road Trip With Loss To Struggling Mavericks
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INDIANAPOLIS – Not many teams have had the Indiana Pacers’ number this season.
And, shockingly, the Dallas Mavericks---one of the NBA’s worst teams---have bested the Pacers in both of their meetings.
The season sweep for the Mavs came on Monday night, with a 109-103 home victory over the Pacers.
Indiana began a four-game road trip getting outscored by 27 points behind the arc.
A 41-point fourth quarter by the Mavs certainly did not sit well with Pacers head coach Nate McMillan.
“Didn’t play no defense,” McMillan said after the team’s four-game winning streak came to a close. “You can’t give up 41 points in a quarter.
“I thought our last game in Indy they controlled the tempo, they established their tempo, and I thought (Wednesday) once again they established their tempo. Defensively, we didn’t do a good job of keeping it in front of us. They did a good job of moving the ball from side to side and getting downhill on us pretty much all night. And in the fourth quarter they just had a huge quarter.”
With the scored tied at 75 early in the 4th quarter, Dallas went on a 18-5 run.
The Pacers did cut the deficit to 2 points in the final minute, but a Wesley Matthews’ three-pointer proved to be the final dagger.
Victor Oladipo played just 23 minutes on Monday night, scoring 23 points, as he battled foul trouble from the game’s onset.
Oladipo's 23 minutes played is easily the fewest for him this season in such a competitive game.
“I don’t think it affected my rhythm, I just didn’t play a lot,” Oladipo said of the rare foul trouble. “It’s crazy how they (the referees) didn’t miss none of mine. It just felt like every time I tried to do something, it was a foul. So, it was just one of those nights where they choose not to miss anything.”
With Oladipo often on the bench, Dallas native Myles Turner did his part with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
But Indiana’s bench struggled when seeing time on the floor. The four-man bench of Lance Stephenson, Domantas Sabonis, Joe Young and Glenn Robinson III combined to go 9-of-25 from the floor and 0-of-7 from three-point land, with GRIII actually producing a solid night (10 points and 3 assists) in his second game back from injury.
The Pacers will look to bounce back on Wednesday in Atlanta, before playing 8 of their next 9 against playoff teams.
What’s Next: The Pacers (34-26) have 3 more games left on this road trip: Atlanta (Wednesday), Milwaukee (Friday) and Washington (Sunday).