Turner’s opening act leads Pacers past Mavs, 130-121 in OT

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner scored 30 points, tied his career high with 16 rebounds and made a 3-pointer with 1:18 left in overtime to start an 8-0 run that allowed the Indiana Pacers to close out a 130-121 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas Mavericks.

Three-time All-Star Paul George added 25 points, including another 3 with 55 seconds left to seal Indiana’s fifth season-opening win in six years.

Deron Williams scored 25 points, while J.J. Barea and Dirk Nowitzki each added 22 as the Mavs lost their fifth straight in the series. They still haven’t won in Indianapolis since February 2014.

Dallas didn’t tie the score or take a lead until the fourth quarter, yet still forced overtime when Harrison Barnes’ open 3-pointer made it 115-all with 2.3 seconds left.

Turner could have won it with a long buzzer-beating 3, but it bounced off the back of the rim.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas was 18 of 48 on 3-pointers. … Barnes and Andrew Bogut, the two former Golden State Warriors, finished with 19 points and six points, respectively, in their Dallas debut. … Nowitzki didn’t make his first basket until almost two minutes into the second quarter. … Barea played despite being listed as questionable with a sprained left elbow. … Team owner Mark Cuban attended the game.

Pacers: All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, including Monta Ellis, the former Dallas guard, who had 19 points. … Indiana had 10 assists in the first quarter and finished with 30. … The Pacers had a 52-49 rebounding advantage despite going with their new, up-tempo style. … Turner made the first opening night start of his career and had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first half. He also finished with four blocks. … The Oak Ridge Boys sang the national anthem.

WELCOME BACK, COACH

New players weren’t the only ones eager to make debuts Wednesday night. New Pacers coach Nate McMillan said before the game, he was just anxious to get started. McMillan had been the head coach previously in Seattle and Portland, but spent the previous three seasons as Frank Vogel’s top assistant in Indiana. “I was surprised he was away from that position as long as he was,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s a great coach, and I know him well, personally, too. He’ll do a great job.”

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Dallas hosts a longtime rival in Houston on Friday night. It is the second of three meetings between the Texas teams during a 12-day span in October. They already played once in the preseason.

Pacers: Forward Thaddeus Young returns to his previous home when the Pacers visit Brooklyn on Friday night. Indiana won three of the four meetings with the Nets last season and is 4-3 all-time at the Barclays Center.