INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers’ offense finally matched their impressive defense.
The result was their biggest win over the Dallas Mavericks in 15 years.
David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Pacers beat the Mavericks 103-83 on Friday night. It was the largest margin of victory for the Pacers in the series since a 104-80 win on March 26, 1997.
West and Hill, the Pacers’ top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday’s loss to Milwaukee. On Friday, the Pacers (4-6 and 3-1 at home) shot 47 percent from the field in their first blowout win of the season.
Hill said much of their success against Dallas came from subtle changes by coach Frank Vogel.
Coach challenged us that we needed to change immediately, Hill said. He came in with different types of offensive sets that kind of helps us as athletes, who we are on this team, young and athletic. It kind of helped us and challenged us to make plays for others and not just ourselves. I like the direction that we’re going.
Vogel said there was a lot to dislike about the way the offense had been performing.
I didn’t like being 30th (last) in scoring and 30th in field goal offense, Vogel said. I didn’t like guys standing around. I didn’t like the speed in which we were running our offense. I didn’t like the lack of physicality in our screening. There was a lot to not like. So changes were needed.
O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks (5-5) with 19 points. Vince Carter and former Pacer Darren Collison both dropped in 10 points.
MAGIC 110, PISTONS 106: In Auburn Hills, Mich., J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, as Orlando rallied in the second half from 13 down.
Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando.
Detroit dropped to 1-9, two days after ending its franchise-worst 0-8 start.
76ERS 99, JAZZ 93: In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 26 points and Jason Richardson added 20 points as Philadelphia (5-4) snapped a three-game home losing streak.
Paul Millsap led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points while DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 and Al Jefferson had 15.
Before the game, injured 76ers all-star center Andrew Bynum said he had suffered a setback in his return from a knee injury.
THUNDER 110, HORNETS 95: In New Orleans, Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and Oklahoma City rolled to its sixth victory in seven games.
Ryan Anderson scored 15 for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight. Anthony Davis tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go with eight points on only 4 of 14 shots.
WARRIORS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 98: In Minneapolis, David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds as Golden State dominated inside.
Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4).
Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick Williams had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves (5-4).