Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored the game’s final six points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-109 on Sunday night.
Despite leading for most of the game, the Pacers were down 109-104 with 3:14 to play - but held the Mavericks scoreless the rest of the way.
Oladipo gave Indiana the lead for good when he hit a pull-up 17-footer with 38.3 seconds to play, then added two free throws with 13.7 seconds left. Luka Doncic missed two long 3s on Dallas' final possession and the Pacers rebounded the ball as time expired.
Oladipo is in just his 12th game back after missing a full year of action due to a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right leg. Coach Nate McMillan is managing his minutes and checked Oladipo back in with six minutes to play and the Pacers trailing by two.
Doncic scored 36 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 of his 30 in the second half. But Dallas suffered from a short roster – only 10 players dressed due to injuries and illness – and an off-night from Porzingis, who shot 3 for 17 and scored only nine points.
Dallas took its first lead of the game at 94-93 with 9:33 to play when Justin Jackson hit a 3.
Sabonis' double-double was his 50th of the season, breaking Troy Murphy's franchise record set in 2008-09.
Myles Turner, who played high school basketball at nearby Euless Trinity and one year at the University of Texas, scored 16 points. T.J. Warren also had 16 but fouled out with 3:14 to play after Doncic drew the last of three fouls on the Pacers defender over a 12-second span.
Jackson scored 11 points, the only Dallas player in double figures besides Doncic and Hardaway.
The Pacers host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.