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Luka Doncic triple-double leads Mavs past Pacers

Reuters SPORT
Published January 21,2021

Kristaps Porzingis collected 27 points and 13 rebounds while Trey Burke added 22 points off the bench to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 124-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Porzingis made 12 of 15 attempts from the floor and Burke sank 9 of 16 shots, including four from 3-point range.

Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 19 points, two days after misfiring on all 12 attempts from the floor during a scoreless performance in Dallas' 116-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Luka Doncic recorded his 30th career triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who snapped a season-high three-game losing streak. Dallas exploited the absence of Indiana's Myles Turner (hand) by enjoying a 68-48 edge in points in the paint.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points, Domantas Sabonis added 25 with 10 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb had 10 in his first game since sustaining a torn ACL in Toronto on Feb. 23. Jalen Brunson also added 19 points while Willie Cauley-Stein scored 10.

Brogdon drained a trio of 3-pointers in the third before he lobbed the ball to Justin Holiday for an easy conversion to stake Indiana to a 91-88 lead with 1:05 left in the quarter. Dallas answered with a 29-12 run, with Burke and Hardaway each draining a pair of 3-pointers in the sequence to take a 117-103 lead.

The Mavericks were not threatened the rest of the way en route to handing the Pacers their second straight loss and fourth in six games.

Edmond Sumner made a driving layup and a 3-pointer to give Indiana its first lead of the game at 70-67, but Porzingis answered with a pair of alley-oop dunks, a 3-pointer and a mid-range jumper to give Dallas a 76-72 advantage.

The Mavericks made 13 of their first 18 shots from the floor to build a 30-17 lead in the first quarter. However, the Pacers remained within earshot due in large part to their perimeter shooting.

Indiana sank 10 of 23 shots from 3-point range in the first half, with Doug McDermott and Lamb each converting from beyond the arc during a late stretch as the Pacers trimmed the Mavericks' lead to two at halftime.