Harrison Barnes, Wes Matthews catch fire in the third as Mavs pull away late over Pacers
Harrison Barnes had 25 points to help the Mavs bounce back against the Pacers. AP

DALLAS survived Indiana’s hot start then pulled away in the third as the Mavericks defeated the Pacers, 111-103, at the American Airlines Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time)

The Mavericks faced an early deficit, 50-42, as the Pacers sank 10 of their 14 three pointers in the first two quarters. But Wes Matthews caught fire in the third period, scoring 16 in 32-11 run that gave Dallas a 74-61 lead midway through the frame.

Dallas never looked back, leading by as much as 15 late in the fourth, as the Mavs bounced back strong from a humiliating loss at home in their previous game against Sacramento.

Matthews tied his season-high with 26 points while Harrison Barnes added 25 for the Mavericks. Deron Williams also chipped in 16 markers and six assists, Dwight Powell contributed 14 off the bench as Dallas won its fifth game in 22 outings, a half game behind Minnesota for the league-worst record.

Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points while CJ Miles and Myles Turner added 18 apiece. Indiana fell to 11-12.

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