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Haywood leads Mavericks past Pacers 91-82

DALLAS (AP) — Brendan Haywood tied a career high with 20 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks improved to 4-0 with him as their starting center in a 91-82 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Haywood, who came over from Washington in a Feb. 13 trade, scored 13 points and added three blocks to anchor a defense that was struggling. The Mavericks have held all five opponents since the trade to less than 100 points after the previous eight broke that mark.

Haywood is starting in place of Erick Dampier, who dislocated a finger in the first game with his new backup.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points.

Playing his second straight game in his native Texas, T.J. Ford led the Pacers with 14 points.

Jason Kidd had two of his seven assists and the punctuating 3-pointer on an 11-3 run that put the Mavericks ahead 64-48 in the third quarter. Their lead was never less than nine after that.

Haywood also had a hand in the defining run, getting four points, a rebound and a block.

The rest of the Mavericks were harassing the Pacers, too. Indiana shot 39 percent and went nearly five minutes without a field goal while the Mavericks pulled away in the second half.

The Mavericks improved to 4-1 since the All-Star break and the trade, taking advantage of their second straight game against a team playing without its leading scorer. Indiana's Danny Granger missed the game for unspecified personal reasons after Miami's Dwyane Wade sat out Saturday night with a calf strain.

Some of the Pacers' shooting woes were self-inflicted. They missed plenty of open 3-pointers, finishing 3 of 23 from beyond the arc.

Coming off a 23-point night during a win in his hometown of Houston, Ford played despite a sore groin and kept the Pacers close in the first half. He led all first-half scorers with 10 points. He used his quickness to draw fouls, converting a three-point play and going 6 of 7 from the line.

The three Dallas newcomers played strong first-half roles. Haywood had 10 rebounds before halftime, the last an emphatic putback dunk that gave him seven points. Caron Butler led the Mavericks in the first half with eight points despite 3 of 9 shooting, and DeShawn Stevenson hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with seven.

NOTES: Jason Terry made his first shot and finished 5 of 10 with 14 points after missing all 10 shots in Saturday night's win against Miami. ... Kidd went without a steal and remained sixth on the career list with 2,306, one behind Scottie Pippen.