The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Indiana Pacers 109-94. They made a few runs throughout the game, but by the fourth quarter the game was never in doubt. Luka Doncic’s absence was severely felt. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 23-20.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks in scoring, putting up 31 points and 18 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon and Damantas Sabonis led the way for the Pacers, both scoring a team-high 22 points.
Here are three stats that explain the loss:
57%: The Mavericks’ free throw percentage.
It’s nothing new, but the Mavericks struggled at the charity stripe. Not only did they miss a lot of free throws, they really didn’t take that many, either. It shows a lack of aggression, and more importantly, a glaring lack of players who can penetrate and draw fouls. Porzingis took six of the Mavericks’ 11 free throws. When you consider he took 28 shots, six free throws is a little low. But he took mostly jump shots all night.
13: The number of offensive rebounds the Pacers collected in the 2nd half.
The Pacers grabbed 13 offensive rebounds for the whole game. The fact that every offensive rebound for Indiana came in the second half is embarrassing. To say the Pacers outhustled the Mavericks would be an understatement. In yet another familiar trend, the Mavericks looked lifeless and let an opponent take control of a game simply by being more aggressive. Earlier in the season the tough schedule and thin roster could be blamed, but at some point we might have to admit this is who the Mavericks are on some nights.
12: The Pacers hit 12 more 3-pointers than the Mavericks.
The Pacers shot 42% from behind the arc, while the Mavericks shot enough bricks to build a house. Dallas went 8-35 on 3-pointers. Brogdon and former Maverick Doug McDermott were especially deadly, combining to go 10-18 from deep. It was the difference in the game, and honestly, it’s surprising the deficit was only fifteen when you consider how well the Pacers shot.