DALLAS (AP) _ Greg Buckner scored on three straight possessions in the final 2:05 and finished with 13 points as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 94-88 on Thursday night.

Dallas was protecting an 83-80 lead when Buckner drove for consecutive layups to expand the Mavericks' advantage to 87-80 with 1:25 to play.

After Reggie Miller's free throw, Buckner added a short jumper in the lane with 58 seconds left to stretch Dallas' lead to 89-81.

Howard Eisley, who had 16 points for the Mavericks, sealed the win with five free throws over the final 29.5 seconds.

Steve Nash scored 18 points and Michael Finley had 14 to help the Mavericks to their second 2-0 start. Dallas opened the 1997-98 season at 3-0.

Dirk Nowitzki added 15 points for Dallas.

Travis Best's 30 points and 11 rebounds led the rebuilding Pacers, winless in their first two games. Indiana went 0-3 at the start of the 1996-97 season.

Miller and Zan Tabak had 13 points each for the Pacers.

The Mavericks led 47-43 at halftime and were ahead by as many as 15 in the first quarter.

Notes: Mavericks coach Don Nelson said power forward Gary Trent could miss more than a month because of a leg injury. Trent began the season on the injured list. ... Dallas rookie Etan Thomas is sidelined by a toe injury. ... Indiana point guard Jalen Rose is out with a fractured left wrist. ... The Pacers collected two technicals and a flagrant foul in the first quarter.