By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) — Paul George hit seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points, and the Indiana Pacers won in Dallas for the first time in eight years, beating the Mavericks 98-87 Friday night.
The Pacers took the lead for good with seven consecutive points in the first 2 minutes of the second half. George made a go-ahead running layup then had a steal that he turned into a dunk and a free throw.
Indiana got its 10th road win this season, matching Chicago for the most in the NBA. The Pacers had lost 11 of their previous 12 away games against the Mavs, the only win in that stretch coming in 2004.
Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points for Dallas on 12-of-17 shooting. It was a big boost for last year's NBA finals MVP, who was playing only his fourth game after a planned four-game hiatus to strengthen his sore right knee.
David West added 20 points for the Pacers, while Danny Granger had 16 and Darren Collison 13. Roy Hibbert, the other Indiana starter, had nine points and 14 rebounds.
Vince Carter had 14 points for Dallas, which has lost consecutive games at home for the first time since losing the first two games of the season back in December.
Dallas had a 53-52 halftime lead before Indiana's quick second-half surge.
George had the quick layup, then a steal after a bad pass by Nowitzki. The Mavericks had two more turnovers before Collison's 21-foot jumper made it 59-53 and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called timeout.
The Pacers stretched the lead to 69-59 on a 3-pointer by George. That ended a quick segment when Hibbert missed inside, West got the rebound and pushed the ball outside to one wing before it went to George on the right side.
George's seven 3s were one off the Indiana franchise record held by Reggie Miller and set in 1997.
Nowtizki had 20 points by halftime, when he was already 9-of-11 shooting.
Things were going so good for Nowitzki that with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the game, he was falling away from the basket and flung a ball up while being fouled. He added the free throw, but the Mavs still trailed by 11 at that point.
In the previous three games since coming back, Nowitzki had scored only 28 total points while shooting 28 percent (11 of 39).
The Pacers got off to a fast start, making their first eight shots and taking a 25-17 lead on Granger's 3-pointer less than 6 minutes into the game. They finished at 43 percent (37 of 87)
Nowitzki was 5 for 5 at that point and didn't take another shot in the first quarter.
Indiana made only two more baskets the rest of the quarter, allowing Dallas to pull to 29-28.
Notes: Mavericks 7-foot center Brendan Haywood used both hands to shove 6-6 Dahntay Jones when they were face-to-face and yapping at each other near the Dallas basket after a made shot with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Officials conferred and called a double technical foul. ... Dallas guard Jason Kidd missed his fourth consecutive game because of a strained right calf. He will also miss Saturday's game at Cleveland, but said he is feeling better and could be back for the next game, Wednesday night at Denver. ... The Pacers were without George Hill (chip fracture left ankle) and Jeff Foster (lower back). Foster hasn't dressed for the last 10 games, Hill for the last two.
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