Sabonis, Brogdon lead Pacers past Doncic-less Mavs, 109-94
DALLAS — Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon also scored 22 points, and the Indiana Pacers hit early and often from long range in a 109-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
The Pacers hit 20 3-pointers led by Brogdon’s 6-for-9 effort, matching the franchise record they previously set this season, to win for the fourth time in their last five games.
Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Mavericks, who played without All-Star guard Luka Doncic — among the top five in the NBA in scoring and assists — due to back tightness. Tim Hardaway Jr., second among NBA reserves in scoring, had 16 points.
The Pacers built a 17-point lead three minutes into the third quarter after outscoring Dallas 45-12 from behind the arc to that point. The Mavericks pulled to 84-80 two minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers responded with a 14-2 run to retain control.
Indiana led 61-48 at halftime after hitting 7 of 14 3-pointers in the second quarter while Dallas went 1 for 10.
Myles Turner, the NBA’s leader in blocks at 3.4 per game, had seven against Dallas. … Indiana’s Doug McDermott, who had 12 points on four 3s, went out in the second half with a right ankle sprain. … Porzingis had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career that he’s had a double-double before halftime.
Pacers: At Washington on Monday night.
Mavericks: At New Orleans on Saturday night to open a season-high five-game trip.