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Nowitzki, Terry lead Mavericks past Pacers

Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, Jason Terry added 21 and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the final 3 minutes to stretch their winning streak to eight games with a 116-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Jason Kidd's 15 points and Rodrigue Beaubois' 13 helped the Mavericks to their 18th win in 19 games.

Danny Granger had 22 points and Darren Collison 17 for the Pacers, who have lost four of five but are 10-7 since Frank Vogel took over as interim coach after Jim O'Brien was fired Jan. 30.

The Mavericks led by as many as 14 in the third quarter but couldn't put away the Pacers, who pulled within 101-98 on Collison's 3-pointer with 3:24 left.

But Terry hit back-to-back 15-foot jumpers, the second with 2:29 left, and Kidd converted two free throws to push Dallas' lead to 107-98.

Shawn Marion's dunk with less than a second left in the third quarter gave Dallas a 90-81 edge entering the final quarter.

The Mavericks used a 33-24 second quarter to build a 68-57 advantage at the break. Dallas put up a season high for points in any half on 63 percent shooting from the floor (26 for 41).

Nowitzki had 16 first-half points, Beaubois contributed 13 and Kidd added nine, hitting three of four 3-pointers.

Mavericks starting center Tyson Chandler missed the game with a sprained right ankle.

Chandler was injured in Tuesday night's 101-93 win at Philadelphia. He's also expected to sit out Sunday night's home game against Memphis, and will be re-evaluated next week.

Chandler has started all 57 games he's played in this season, averaging 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds with 16 double-doubles.

Brendan Haywood started in place of Chandler and had 10 points and five rebounds.

NOTES: F Corey Brewer, signed to a three-year free-agent deal on Thursday, made his Mavericks debut, entering the game with 8:34 left in the second quarter. Brewer went scoreless with five fouls in 5 minutes, 21 seconds. Coach Rick Carlisle said Brewer's a fast learner who's happy to be with a contender. "There were a lot of teams interested in him," Carlisle said. "He's picked up things very quickly. He had opportunities (to sign) in other places for more money. That tells me that he's interested in a winning situation." ... Dallas has won its last seven at home against Indiana, but the Pacers were 102-89 winners over the Mavs in Indy on Jan. 12 in the only other meeting between the teams this season.