01/12/2007 Mavericks @ Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 12 (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 43 points, including three free throws in the final 5 seconds of overtime, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 115-113 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Jermaine O'Neal finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Granger and Stephen Jackson each scored 22 for the Pacers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
In overtime, Granger gave the Pacers a 107-105 lead with a 3-pointer, but Nowitzki came right back with a 3 of his own to put Dallas back in front.
After the teams traded baskets, O'Neal's layup put Indiana ahead by one point with less than a minute left. The Mavericks answered with Terry's jumper for a 112-111 lead with 27.8 seconds remaining.
Following a miss by O'Neal on Indiana's ensuing possession, Nowitzki made two free throws to extend the lead to three with 5.1 seconds left.
Al Harrington made two free throws to pull the Pacers to 114-113, and Nowitzki hit one free throw with 2 seconds left to close the scoring.
The Pacers had one final chance, but Jeff Foster's long-range pass was tipped away by Dallas defenders.
Indiana took a 99-93 lead after two free throws by Granger with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter. Dallas scored seven of the next nine points, including a three-point play by Terry to cut the deficit to 101-100 with less than 2 minutes left. Terry's 3-pointer put the Mavericks ahead 103-101 with 36 seconds left, but Jamaal Tinsley's two free throws tied the score.
On Dallas' next possession, Terry had the ball striped away by Tinsley on a drive to the basket, giving Indiana a shot to win the game in regulation. However, O'Neal's jumper with less than 10 seconds left came up short and Granger's tip-in attempt was blocked by Josh Howard.
Notes: Former Pacers Anthony Johnson and Austin Croshere returned to Conseco Fieldhouse for the first time since being traded to Dallas in the offseason. Johnson, who received an ovation from the crowd, finished with one point. Croshere did not play. ... The Mavericks won their fourth straight game against Indiana. ... Dallas improved to 9-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, while Indiana fell to 5-8 against the West. ... The Mavericks only setback during their last 17 games was a Jan. 7 loss at the Lakers. ... Dallas beat Indiana for the second time in nine days, sweeping the season series.