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After losing two of their last three games and really struggling to generate any offense against Dallas, the Pacers will have to spend the All-Star break with the lingering effects of another bad effort before the break.

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Man, that was nasty, wasn't it?

The Pacers offense froze out their options for winning with a lethal combination of a season-worst shooting performance and enough mental mistakes to last them through the end of the month.

The Mavericks arrived at the Fieldhouse as a prideful, veteran group looking to bounce back from their own embarrassing effort the night before. This was never going to be an easy game, but the Pacers simply made it impossible to win.

In hindsight, it is still hard to believe the Pacers were still in position to win late in the fourth quarter. After giving up the lead early in the quarter and falling behind the Pacers couldn't get out of their own way to actually go for the win. Any "winning time" effort needs more than five makes on 18 shots and seven turnovers.

When Paul George closed the game to three points with 36 second left, Lance Stephenson inexplicably fouled immediately to give Monta Ellis two more free throws. It wasn't a cheap foul, either but a blatant hack that appeared to suck the energy out of the whole team.

So now the Pacers have to pack some extra frustrations to take with them for their brief All-Star break vacation over the weekend. Hopefully, Roy Hibbert and Paul George will find their groove while immersed with the other All-Star talent this weekend because they haven't performed near that level of late as they head into the break.

Check out the links:

Mavericks at Pacers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 73, Mavericks 81 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Still Have Work To Do | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers stagger into All-Star break | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Mavericks bounce back from loss in Charlotte, grind out physical win against Pacers | Dallas Morning News

Ellis, Nowitzki help Mavericks top host Pacers - AP

Vince Carter Talks Paul George, Offers Advice for the Slam Dunk Contest | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Final score: Dallas upsets Indiana in low-scoring affair, 81-73 - Mavs Moneyball

How Pacers' Roy Hibbert emerged to anchor NBA's best defense - NBA - Lee Jenkins - SI.com

All-Stars Hibbert, George get their due | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers' hard-earned success requires continued vigilance | 2014-02-12 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com

Paul George: 'I did expect' to be one of NBA's best

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Lose a "Basketball" Game to the Mavericks | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

All Access With The Pacers: Learning R&R from Roy

TheJayGravesReport.com: Church Hats (The REAL reason Big Momma is so fired up at the Pacers this morning)

'Bizarre' injury has Heat's Dwyane Wade unsure if he'll play in All-Star Game - Yahoo Sports

VIDEO: LeBron James drills game-winning 3 against the Warriors - CBSSports.com

Raptors appear set to keep Kyle Lowry - Yahoo Sports