Saturday , Jan , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nowitzki leads Mavs past Pacers in OT

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 43
points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Indiana
Pacers, 115-113, in overtime at Conseco Field House.

Jason Terry scored 30 for the Mavericks, who have won three straight after
having their 13-game winning streak snapped. Josh Howard added 15 points and
eight boards, and Erick Dampier had 13 points.

Jermaine O’Neal had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Pacers,
who had their three-game win streak snapped. Stephen Jackson and Danny Granger
hit for 22 apiece and Jamaal Tinsley contributed 17 and dished out 11 assists
in a losing cause.

With the score at 103-103 heading into the extra session, each side traded
baskets right down to the wire. Terry’s open jumper with 27.8 seconds left
gave Dallas a 112-111 lead, then Nowitzki headed to the line with 5.1 to go
and put his 41stand 42nd points in the basket for a 114-111 score.

Al Harrington followed with two to make it a one-point game with 3.2 left, but
Nowitzki made one-of-two with two seconds left, and Indiana failed to launch a
final shot as the clock ran out.

“It was a back and forth game all night,”said Howard. “It seemed like they
kept getting up on us all game, but to our credit we kept crawling back and
then Dirk hit a lot of shots late in the game. We’ve had quite a few games
like this, this year, so we’re used to doing this. I think this will make us
better in the playoffs.”

Tied at 10 early on, the Pacers went on an 16-7 run to close out the opening
quarter with a nine-point lead.

Dallas opened up the second on an 8-2 clip to cut their deficit to 28-25, as
the Pacers missed their first four shots during that run. The Mavs drew even
at 42-42 with just over three minutes left in the quarter, but Indiana closed
out the half on a 9-2 spurt to take a 51-44 advantage to the locker room.

Dallas began the third quarter with a 6-2 burst, then tied things up at 69-69
with 2:24 left on a pair of Nowitzki free throws, and had a 74-73 advantage
after three when Harris sank two at the line with 33 seconds to go.

Indiana turned around and regained the lead with a 12-4 run to start the
fourth, and kept the visitors at arm’s length until Nowitzki’s four straight
makes from the line within a 31-second span knotted the game at 93-93.

Six straight free throws by the Pacers gave them a 99-93 margin, but a run of
four from the charity stripe by Dallas made it a two-point game with two
minutes left in regulation.

After Indiana’s first two misses from the line, Terry stepped up and
nailed a three with 36.3 seconds to go, giving the Mavs a 103-101 lead.
Tinsley responded with two at the line for another tie, but O’Neal missed a
potential game-winning three from the top of the key with time running out in
regulation.

“It’s a hard way to lose,” Granger said. “We battled right down to the end.
We’re very disappointed. We don’t believe in moral victories. We should have
won both here and in Dallas. We just have to be prepared for our next game.”

Game Notes

Dallas has won four straight and five of the last six meetings…The Pacers
are 5-3 in their last eight home games against the Mavericks…Nowitzki
finished the night making 15-of-18 free throws…O’Neal recorded a game-high
three blocked shots.

DAL IND