Terry, Kidd rescue Mavs in win over PacersNov 26, 2008 - 8:20 AM DALLAS (Ticker) -- Jason Terry and Jason Kidd came through in the clutch for the Dallas Mavericks.
Terry scored 29 points off the bench and Kidd hit a pair of huge 3-pointers in the closing minutes to lead the Mavericks to a 109-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
Terry was 12-of-20 from the field and added five assists and four rebounds. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including eight of Dallas' last 12.
"We just couldn't get a hold on Jason Terry tonight," said Pacers forward Danny Granger. "He just scored time after time and there wasn't much we could do about it. Kidd had two 3-pointers and Terry hit two or three buckets in a row at a critical time. You can't win if you can't stop them."
Kidd hit a 3-pointer to pull the Mavs within 99-97 with 2:26 to play. After a jumper by Terry tied the game, Kidd hit another three to give Dallas the lead for good, 102-99.
"We stood our ground in the fourth quarter and made the plays we needed to down the stretch," Terry said. "You can almost go directly back to early this season when we would miss those shots and then give one up on the other end. Tonight we made them and then made the defensive stop when we had to."
Entering the fourth quarter Dallas was only 2-of-13 from the arc but went 3-of-6 in the final 12 minutes.
"We were due to hit some", said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "We hadn't had that many quality looks from our best shooters. We were hoping to cut into their lead a little earlier than the last few minutes of the fourth quarter but whatever you can do to get a win when you're trying to get back to .500 is what you have to do.
"Kidd and Terry just made play after play. Terry went to the basket and made 3s, and Kidd had those two big 3s. Our veterans willed us to this win."
Indiana led 93-87 with 5:43 to play in the game before the Mavericks went on a 22-10 run through the 5.7 second mark to take a 109-103 lead. The Pacers' performance was reminiscent of Saturday night's loss to Miami when the Heat outscored Indiana by 21 points in the second half to win.
"We've had the halftime lead in 12 of our 13 games," said Indiana coach Jim O'Brien. "Focus is not our problem. We just need to execute and make our shots down the stretch. They made shots when they had to and we did not."
Granger scored 22 points and Troy Murphy added 21 for Indiana.
Kidd had 11 points and 13 assists, Dirk Nowitzki added 24 points and 12 rebounds and Antoine Wright scored a career-high 24 for the Mavericks. who won their second straight at home after dropping their first four and are now on an NBA-high five game winning streak.
Wright who had not played in four of Dallas' last five games also logged a season-high 39 minutes.
"It was exhausting coming from not playing at all to playing 40 minutes but coach stuck with me," Wright said. "He
told me my chance would come and it came tonight."
Murphy also had 14 rebounds and Brandon Rush added a career-high 18 points off the bench for Indiana, which has lost five of six.
Murphy had 13 points in the first half, including a three-point play just before the break to give the Pacers a 56-49 entering the third quarter. Indiana outrebounded Dallas 31-20, including 13-3 on the offensive boards, in the first half.
DALLAS 109 FINAL
Nov 25 11:00 PM
DALLAS 77 END, 3RD QTR
Nov 25 10:24 PM
DALLAS 49 HALFTIME
Nov 25 9:40 PM
DALLAS 26 END, 1ST QTR
Nov 25 9:07 PM
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