SEVERE WX : Dense Fog Advisory View Alerts

Mavericks beat Pacers 112-103 behind big game from Porzingis

With All-Star starter Luka Doncic sidelined by a sprained right ankle for the third consecutive game, Kristaps Porzingis provided the offensive firepower for Dallas.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 1:03 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With All-Star starter Luka Doncic sidelined by a sprained right ankle for the third consecutive game, Kristaps Porzingis provided the offensive firepower for Dallas.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis scored a season-high 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Mavericks to a 112-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

“That’s something in the future I want to figure out, how I can be effective also when Luka is playing,” Porzingis said. “It’s something we’ve been working on. I’m in a good rhythm now and I want to keep it going. I think we’re playing pretty good basketball, we’re moving the ball, playing aggressive.”

Porzingis shot 6 of 13 on 3-pointers and made all 12 of his free throws. The six 3-pointers tied a career high.

It wasn’t a perfect night for Porzingis, though. He wasn’t pleased with his defense on Domantas Sabonis, who scored 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

“I take a lot of pride in my defense and I feel like Sabonis made some good moves on me,” Porzingis said. “He got deep in the paint. I was a half-step late on a lot of those shots. I’m disappointed in that sense, but I’m glad we got the win.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 25 points for Dallas.

Sabonis fell just short of a triple-double, finishing with 12 rebounds and nine assists. Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points for the Pacers.

Victor Oladipo hit a 3-pointer for Indiana with five seconds left in the third quarter to close the deficit to 82-77.

The Pacers cut the margin to 96-93 on a three-point play by Sabonis with 5:09 left, but the Mavericks were able to maintain control. Porzingis sank two free throws with 32 seconds remaining to make it 110-103.

“When we were able to get back into the game, we would have a breakdown on the perimeter and they would get to the basket or get to the free throw line,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “They made big shots to stop our runs.”

After missing the first 47 games of the season while rehabbing a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right knee, Oladipo has struggled with his shooting since returning last week. He was 4 of 17 from the field against the Mavericks, including 1 for 10 from 3-point range, after going 4 of 22 overall and 2 for 11 on 3s in the previous two games. Oladiapo had been sidelined since getting injured on Jan. 23, 2019.

“I feel like I’m taking great shots,” Oladipo said. “I just can’t think about it. Just got to keep shooting. I’ve missed, obviously, a lot of basketball and maybe the rhythm might be off a little bit coming in and out as far as the minutes restriction.”

The Pacers shot 52% in taking a 55-53 lead at halftime. Dallas shot 42.9% but nearly made up the difference by going 9 for 20 on 3s while Indiana was 4 of 18.

For the game, the Mavericks shot 41.9% from the floor and 40% on 3s. The Pacers shot 46% and 21% on 3s.

The Mavericks held a 51-40 rebounding edge, including 30-20 in the second half.

Dallas hit 22 of 23 free throws. The Pacers were 8 of 11.

DIFFERENT STYLE

With Doncic out, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the team’s style changes. Doncic, averaging 28.8 points per game, previously missed four games with a right ankle sprain earlier this season.

“We just go to a more free-flowing style. We call less plays,” Carlisle said. “We’ve done this enough now where guys are really getting a feel for how to play with each other when Luka’s out. We need him back, but these guys are doing a great job.”

TIP-INS

Mavericks: J.J. Barea sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. He had three points in nine minutes.

Pacers: T.J. Warren, averaging 18.1 points per game, was sidelined due to concussion protocol. Warren hit his head on the floor in Saturday’s home loss to the New York Knicks. ... The teams play again March 8 in Dallas.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Pacers: Play at Toronto on Wednesday and then return home to face the Raptors on Friday. Indiana won the first meeting with the defending NBA champions 120-115 in overtime at home on Dec. 23.

West Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 34°
Kokomo
Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 33°
Rensselaer
Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 25°
Fowler
Partly Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 34°
Williamsport
Partly Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 26°
Crawfordsville
Partly Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 28°
Frankfort
Mostly Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 28°
Delphi
Mostly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 28°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 28°
Logansport
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 30°
A sunny and mild day is expected! Changes arrive through the weekend
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1112735

Reported Deaths: 17652
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1450832237
Lake721711247
Allen66684881
Hamilton50838487
St. Joseph49493645
Elkhart40079546
Vanderburgh34553496
Tippecanoe30654274
Johnson27559465
Hendricks26181383
Porter25556386
Madison21002452
Clark20146278
Vigo18966309
LaPorte17115261
Delaware16666300
Howard16666313
Monroe16556220
Kosciusko14216167
Hancock13061185
Bartholomew12894190
Warrick12152190
Wayne12036268
Floyd11968226
Grant11901242
Morgan10360192
Boone9815122
Noble9234122
Henry9142167
Marshall9062147
Dearborn8923100
Dubois8815139
Shelby8210129
Cass8134127
Lawrence8018185
DeKalb7761108
Jackson764093
Huntington7601113
Gibson7074118
Montgomery7052123
Harrison6923100
Knox6896115
Steuben665889
Miami6563111
Whitley655360
Putnam641584
Clinton624579
Wabash6182111
Jasper610892
Jefferson5796104
Ripley555893
Adams540581
Daviess5062117
Scott488280
Wells4814104
White475669
Greene4680100
Clay462862
Decatur4597110
Jennings448867
Fayette448396
LaGrange425990
Posey407544
Randolph3908107
Washington389856
Fountain373464
Fulton362474
Spencer360747
Starke353574
Owen351277
Sullivan347554
Orange329172
Jay328850
Rush306832
Carroll294239
Franklin290844
Perry288553
Vermillion282758
Tipton250066
Parke249630
Pike247244
Blackford221244
Pulaski208559
Newton181752
Brown176150
Crawford168829
Benton166517
Martin151820
Switzerland147212
Warren135316
Union121016
Ohio92113
Unassigned0592

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events