The reason the Pacers won was due to another stifling defensive effort which allowed the offense to join the party in the second half and run the Mavs and Omar out of the American Airlines Center. In their prior 14 games in March, Dallas averaged almost 105 points per game while posting a 10-4 record. Last night the Pacers held Dallas to just 78 points, their lowest score since mid-December when they were sans Dirk Nowitzki and instead starting Derek FIsher and Dahntay Jones.
So while Frank Vogel jumped at the chance to discuss the Mavericks' post-game plans with his team prior to the game, those Dallas beards were not the key factor, it was the defense. But the Pacers still made sure the Mavs won't be talking about shaving their beards again, as Tim McMahon reports.
"We wanted to shut that s--- down," big man Roy Hibbert said after the Pacers' 103-78 blowout win, which guaranteed that the bearded Mavs won't be shaving on this homestand.
Shut it down they did.
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