West, Hill lead Pacers over Mavs, 103-83
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers' offense finally matched their impressive defense.
The result was their biggest win over the Dallas Mavericks in 15 years.
David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Pacers beat the Mavericks 103-83 on Friday night. It was the largest margin of victory for the Pacers in the series since a 104-80 win on March 26, 1997.
West and Hill, the Pacers' top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. On Friday, the Pacers shot 47 percent from the field in their first blowout win of the season. They had gone six games without scoring at least 100 points.
Hill said much of their success against Dallas came from subtle changes by coach Frank Vogel.
"Coach challenged us that we needed to change immediately," Hill said. "He came in with different types of offensive sets that kind of helps us as athletes, who we are on this team, young and athletic. It kind of helped us and challenged us to make plays for others and not just ourselves. I like the direction that we're going."
Vogel said there was a lot to dislike about the way the offense had been performing.
"I didn't like being 30th (last) in scoring and 30th in field goal offense," Vogel said. "I didn't like guys standing around. I didn't like the speed in which we were running our offense. I didn't like the lack of physicality in our screening. There was a lot to not like. So changes were needed."
Those changes resulted in Indiana's second-best offensive output of the season. Roy Hibbert and Sam Young scored 14 points apiece for the Pacers, who had lost two straight before beating the Mavericks and their former coach, Rick Carlisle.
Vogel said the Pacers needed a win to keep a positive outlook. Indiana (4-6) improved to 3-1 at home.
"We talked about re-establishing a belief in ourselves as a basketball team, belief in ourselves individually that we're capable to do great things and continuing to believe in our teammates that are struggling," Vogel said. "It's an important element in getting yourself out of a rut and getting a team out of a rut it to continue to trust that we have good players on this team that when the ball's moving and we're sharing it that we're going to be pretty good."
O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks (5-5) with 19 points. Vince Carter and former Pacer Darren Collison both dropped in 10 points for Dallas.
Dallas led 49-48 at halftime even though Indiana shot 54 percent. The Pacers made just 6 of 14 free throws in the first half and were outrebounded 22-15.
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