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Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, right, reaches around Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki

Ellis, Nowitzki help Mavericks top host Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — Monta Ellis had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Indiana Pacers their third home loss of the season, 81-73 on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks (32-22), who have won six of seven, finished a three-game road trip heading into the NBA All-Star break. Dallas' five-game winning streak was snapped at Charlotte on Tuesday.

George Hill had 14 points, and Lance Stephenson and Danny Granger both scored 13 points for the Pacers (40-12), who have lost two of three.

The Mavericks scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and took a 66-62 lead when Ellis made a free throw with 6:55 remaining.

Brandan Wright scored, Ellis made two more free throws, and Wright made a layup to give the Mavericks a 72-66 edge.

Ellis made a 3-pointer early in the second half to give the Mavericks a 46-42 lead. West hit a jumper, Samuel Dalembert also scored, and Hill sank a 3-pointer to make it 48-47.

Paul George scored to give the Pacers their first lead of the second half, 53-52, with 6:12 left in the quarter.

Indiana built its edge to 60-55, but Dallas scored five straight to tie it with 2:20 remaining in the third.

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