<
>

Pacers 111, Mavs 100: Dreadful D by Dallas

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks had a scoring drought of more than five minutes in the fourth quarter, killing their comeback hopes after a poor defensive performance against the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers, who entered the night ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring with 90.9 points per game, had not hit triple digits since a 103-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the season opener.

Player of the game: Pacers point guard Donald Sloan, who starred at nearby Seagoville High, had a heck of a homecoming. Sloan scored 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting and had five assists.

Trend of the night: The Mavs have lost two straight games to teams missing All-Star centers. Dallas followed up its loss to Houston without Dwight Howard by losing to Indiana without Roy Hibbert, who sat out due to a sprained ankle. It's the first time this season that the Mavs lost consecutive games.

Stat of the night: The Mavs got outscored by 17 points in Dirk Nowitzki's 33 minutes despite him scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.