Dallas Mavericks: 3 takeaways from the loss to the Pacers

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks suffered a tough home loss at the hands of the Indiana Pacers on March 8. Here are three takeaways from that game.

The Dallas Mavericks came home for three straight games after a difficult loss against the Bulls on March 2. They needed to rebound and play well inside the American Airlines Center. Dallas did just that in the first two games. Picking up wins over the Pelicans and Grizzlies as they fight for playoff seeding in the Western Conference.

The Mavs wrapped up the homestand against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday evening. They got out of the blocks slow but took the lead in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks could not hold it down the stretch as the Pacers grabbed a 112-109 victory in Dallas.

The game did not disappoint. It was a hotly contested battle between two playoff-bound teams. The Pacers had six players in double-figures including a monster performance from Domantas Sabonis. The All-Star finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists on Sunday night.

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The Mavericks were led by Luka Doncic. The 21-year-old star had 36 points, ten rebounds, eight assists, and one steal. Tim Hardaway Jr. also dropped 30 points with six made 3-pointers. Justin Jackson was the only other Maverick to score in double figures.

Dallas dealt with plenty of injuries on Sunday. Jalen Brunson (shoulder), Dwight Powell (Achilles), Seth Curry (ankle), Dorian Finney-Smith (hip), and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) all missed the game. That left the Mavs with only ten players dressed.

Here are three takeaways for Dallas Mavericks supporters from the March 8 contest against the Pacers.

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