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Pacers get past Mavericks

Friday, November 23, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger scored 25 points and Jamaal Tinsley added 24 to help the Indiana Pacers hold off the Dallas Mavericks 111-107 on Friday night.

Troy Murphy finished with 18 points, Mike Dunleavy scored 17 and Jeff Foster had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers (6-7), who won for the third time in four games despite playing without All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal.

Devin Harris scored 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Josh Howard finished with 19 points for the Mavericks (9-3), who had their five-game win streak snapped.

Dallas, which trailed by 16 points in the first half, tied it at 98 on Brandon Bass' basket with 5:48 left in the fourth quarter. The Pacers regained a 104-98 advantage later in the period, but the Mavericks scored the next four points to get within two.

Shawne Williams' free throw gave Indiana a 110-107 lead with 8 seconds left, and Foster knocked the ball away from Nowitzki on the Mavericks' ensuing inbounds play to secure the victory.

The Pacers opened a 30-20 advantage late in the first quarter on Tinsley's jumper, but Dallas got five straight points from Jason Terry to close out the period.

Indiana built the advantage back up to 41-25 early in the second quarter following Murphy's 3-pointer. The Mavericks answered with a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to four points with 5:09 left in the half, but the Pacers regained a 62-53 advantage heading into the break.

In the third quarter, Dallas trimmed an eight-point Indiana lead to 88-87 late in the period after Howard's two free throws, Terry's 3-pointer and Harris' pair of free throws.


Murphy and Nowitzki each got technical fouls following a heated exchange of words with 9:19 left in the fourth quarter. Murphy was upset about a hard foul he received from Nowitzki on a drive to the basket. ... Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up two technical fouls for arguing with referee Bennett Salvatore over a foul call. ... O'Neal missed the game with swelling in his left knee and lower leg. The six-time All-Star also sat out Wednesday's 105-93 victory in New Orleans. The timetable for his return is uncertain. ... Dallas G-F Devean George (left foot stress reaction) and G-F Eddie Jones (sore right leg) did not play. ... The Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak against Dallas.

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