Indianapolis, IN - The Indiana Pacers hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in what was the fourth preseason game for both teams. Dallas was able to defeat the Pacers 92-85, but the Pacers were missing David West, Paul George, George Hill, and Roy Hibbert. Both teams played a hard game, but once again the Pacers did not look like many expected them to.
Shawn Marion led the way in scoring for Dallas with 18, while Monta Ellis had a good game with 13 points and nine assists. Dirk Nowitzki added in 11 points in the winning effort as well, and Jae Crowder had 12 points to round out the double-figure scorers for the Mavericks. They were able to get to the rim easily on the Pacers, and moved the ball well also.
The Pacers were led by both Luis Scola and Orlando Johnson with 14 points apiece. Scola was aggressive early, but struggled down the stretch shooting just 5-15 from the floor. Johnson played a big game for the Pacers by scoring those 14 points in 19 minutes while shooting 4-7 from the floor and 2-3 from behind the arc. Lance Stephenson (13) and Chris Copeland (11) were the only other two double-digit scorers for the Pacers.
Indiana dug themselves a big hole heading into the 4th quarter, but made things very interesting by outscoring the Mavericks 25-13 in the final quarter. Danny Granger started the game for the Pacers, but injured his calf in the first quarter and did not return. Granger’s injury will be something to keep an eye on due to his recent issues with injuries.
Overall, the game was very entertaining to watch. Both teams know how to play good basketball and put on a good performance. Indiana drops to 0-4 in preseason action so far, which has some fans concerned. Only time will tell how the season pans out for the Pacers, but it’s not time to begin worrying yet.