A tense fourth quarter turned into a jubilant overtime for the Indiana Pacers, who did all they could to give up a late lead, eventually allowing the Dallas Mavericks to force overtime with an open three at the end of regulation. In the overtime period, the Pacers used an 8-0 run, including back-to-back three pointers from Myles Turner and Paul George, and a breakaway dunk from Turner to close out Dallas to start 1-0.
Turner led the way for the Pacers with 30 points and 16 rebounds, going 13-19 from the floor with four blocks. Paul George had 25 points in a support role, shooting 4-5 from three point range. Jeff Teague had a solid debut with 20 points, scoring 10 of those from the free throw line, dishing eight assists. Monta Ellis played well, especially late, scoring 19 points on 7-11 shooting.
For the Mavericks, Deron Williams led the way with 25 and Dirk Nowitzki came on late with 22. Dallas attempted 48 three point attempts, hitting 18 of them, keeping them alive for much of the night, but the efficiency of Indiana's three point shooting (10-19) won out in the end. Indiana will hit the road for a Friday night game against the Brooklyn Nets.