Western Conference Woes: Pacers Keep It Close, Fall to Mavericks

March 4th, 2011 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
After their embarrassing performance in Oklahoma City a couple of days ago, the Pacers finally decided to fight back. Darren Collison hit a 3-pointer with just 3:24 left in the fourth quarter which cut the lead to just three, but Dallas put it in high gear for the final three minutes. Dallas wins, 116 - 108.

Danny Granger led the way for Indiana with 22 points, while Collison added 17 points and six assists for the Pacers who are now 27 - 34 on the year. This was the second of three games out west, as they will play in Houston tomorrow night against the Rockets before returning home for one game.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Pacers, and Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George combined for 21 points off the bench. Jason Terry had 21 points off the bench by himself, and Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points to lead all scorers.

Collison and rookie Lance Stephenson each recorded six assists, while the rest of the team managed a combined seven.

Stephenson has been getting more playing time the past few games, but I don't know if it is necessarily a good thing for this team. With the return of Brandon Rush to the starting lineup, it seems ...

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