INDIANAPOLIS — Monta Ellis had 23 points and nine rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Indiana Pacers their third home loss of the season, 81-73 on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks (32-22), who have won six of seven, finished a 3-game road trip heading into the NBA All-Star break. Dallas’ 5-game winning streak was snapped at Charlotte on Tuesday.
George Hill had 14 points,and Lance Stephenson and Danny Granger both scored 13 for the Pacers (40-12), who have lost two out of three.
The Mavericks scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and took a 66-62 lead when Ellis made a free throw with 6:55 remaining.