Mavericks Fall to Pacers in Overtime

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks know that they have to play better defense in order to win games. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks know that they have to play better defense in order to win games. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Dallas Mavericks came up short in their season opener against the Indiana Pacers, losing 130-121 in overtime.

After the first quarter, Dallas trailed 33-21, but managed to stay in the game thanks to Harrison Barnes’ game-tying three-point shot with about three seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Deron Williams scored a team-high 25 points, JJ Barea and Dirk Nowitzki both scored 22, Harrison Barnes 19, and Wesley Matthews 13.

Dallas made 43% of their FGs and 38% of their three-point shots. Dallas forced 16 turnovers and was able to score 23 points off those turnovers. Dallas collected a total of 49 rebounds, ten offensive and 39 defensive. They also had eight steals and they blocked eight shots.

The team has many holes to fill. The offense needs to make more than 50% of their FGs and three-point shots.Most importantly though… the defense needs to play a lot better.

The Mavericks can’t afford to fall behind early in games which seems to be a common occurrence in recent seasons. Their keys to winning has been predicated on playing good defense, making their baskets, and not committing costly penalties.

On Friday, the Mavericks will take on the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center. Dallas will need to win this game to avoid an 0-2 start to the season. If they can cover well on defense, avoid committing turnovers, and make their baskets, they can win the game.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
10/28   vs Rockets   7:30 p.m.
10/30   @Rockets    7:00 p.m.