The Indiana Pacers turned it over on 20 possessions and only totaled 14 assists in a disappointing performance in which they were beaten by the Dallas Mavericks, 105-94. This is the second win in as many games for Dallas (38-26) after beating Portland on Friday.
Devin Harris came off the bench and scored 20 points on 6-9 shooting from the field (4-6 from behind the arc) and 4-5 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other top performers for Dallas were Monta Ellis with 20 points and 8 rebounds, Dirk Nowitzki with 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Vince Carter with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Paul George had another quality performance for Indiana despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 8-14 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-9 from the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds.
The Pacers dished out 14 assists versus 20 turnovers, a ratio of just .70. They are 4-5 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are 6-2 when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Indiana (46-17) has now lost four straight games.
Coming up next, the Mavericks play the Golden State Warriors, who are 39-24 on the year. The Pacers match up against the Boston Celtics, currently 22-41 this season. The Mavericks are 1-1 versus Golden State this season. The Pacers have been victorious in their last three games against Boston.