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The Dallas Mavericks will continue their three-game homestand tonight against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena.

The Southwest Division-leading Mavs have won three in a row and opened the residency with a 97-91 triumph over Miami on Saturday, as they rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat the Heat for the 12th straight time in the regular season. Jason Kidd scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and dished out 11 assists, while Dirk Nowitzki finished with 28 points for Dallas, which leads the league in wins when trailing at halftime with 14.

"I think our guys were mad and angry coming out at halftime," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. "We knew we were getting outworked a little bit and Miami is a legit team."

Mavs newcomers Caron Butler had 20 points and Brendan Haywood added 11 points and 11 boards in a winning effort. Dallas, currently seeded fourth in the West, will also host the Los Angeles Lakers and is 17-9 in Big D this season.

Indiana will play the third contest of a four-game road trip Monday and ended a four-game slide with Saturday's 125-115 victory at Houston. Danny Granger tied a season high with 36 points and T.J. Ford scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half for the Pacers, who went on a 17-2 run in the final stanza to pull away.

Troy Murphy had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Indiana improve to 7-21 as the visitor this season.

"We were very active with our hands," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said after his team snapped an 0-9 streak on the road against Western Conference teams. "We had nine steals with Troy Murphy getting four. We talked about how important it is when (Aaron) Brooks drove on pick and rolls that we are very active because he's small. We wanted to get a piece on as many passes as we could. It was our key down the stretch."

The Pacers will also visit Chicago on the road swing and have lost four in a row to the Mavericks. Dallas has won nine of the past 11 overall meetings in this series and five straight as the host.

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