The Indiana Pacers found an unlikely leading scorer in their final "regular season" game of the Orlando Summer League, led by Justin Harper, who was one of three Pacers to reach double figures. Indiana was in a back and forth game with the Utah Jazz in the first half, but they were able to separate themselves in the third quarter and didn't let the Jazz back in the contest despite some late buckets from Utah.
Harper has been a nice addition to Indiana's starting lineup in this Summer League, joining the four under-contract Pacers and for the most part played like the best player outside of the top four. Harper hit both of his three pointers and went to the line three times, grabbing six rebounds. Outside of the starting lineup, things were a little less rosy.
Jerome Jordan had his best game of the Summer League due to extended minutes coming due to a sprained ankle from Miles Plumlee. Jordan had eight points and seven rebounds, but struggled with Rudy Golbert on the floor, but so too did Plumlee, who had a fairly standard to poor affair. I've mentioned a few times already, but I think consistency in Summer League can be telling, so Plumlee's lack of consistency to prove himself as the best big on the floor in the last two games can be some room for concern despite a nice pair of opening games.
It's unclear if Plumlee's ankle will keep him out of tomorrow's finale, but it'd be nice if he is able to go to see a reversal of fortunes in his play. Of course, it's not entirely his fault he's not as tall or long as Golbert, who had 11 points along with eight rebounds and three blocks. That said, at least he wasn't as poor as Trey Burke, who stumbled into a 3-15 shooting effort, scoring eight to continue his disappointing Summer League. Dionte Christmas and Chris Roberts each stood out for the Jazz today outside of Golbert, the latter scoring a game high of 18, and the former making a number of hustle plays throughout the game despite only scoring six points and committing just four turnovers.
Orlando Johnson and Solomon Hill each scored 12, getting there in different ways. Johnson led the team in assists with Donald Sloan at four, shooting 3-8 including a pair of threes. Hill scored all of his points from three point range, going 4-6, but leading the team in turnovers with four. Johnson's been a steady player this Summer League, never feeling the need to go out of his realm to make plays for the Pacers, but being a consistent player the team can count on.
The Pacers picked up five points in today's win, leapfrogging Miami to jump into fourth place with a 2-2 record. They'll wrap up the Summer League "regular season" with 16 points, setting up a rematch against this Utah team in the third place game. Go through today's box score with a fine comb and get ready for tomorrow morning's game that will tip off at or around 10 a.m. on NBA TV.