Seemingly time after time, the Indiana Pacers had a chance to make something of their deficit against the Memphis Grizzlies, but aside from a brief third quarter lead at 48-46, a combination of miscues and inability to get key stops prevented Indiana from holding the lead at any point beyond that.
This was one of the nights where Indiana's slow start was too much to overcome as they fell out of the gate 9-1 and were kept at arm's length nearly the entire way. The Pacers had 17 turnovers, which led to 23 Memphis points. The Pacers shot just 39% on the night as well, and despite the low score between both teams, Indiana just never got the stops they needed to. The times they managed to, they failed to capitalize.
A night after an outburst against the refs, Paul George was short on complaints, but use the officiating to work his way to the line. George had 29 points, shooting 10 free throws. Unfortunately, he was just 8-22 from the floor and had seven turnovers. But even with those ugly numbers, George was almost forced into a high volume night due to the lack of support around him.
Only three players reached double figures beyond George, with Jordan Hill posting the second best night of any Pacer, with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey also reached double figures with 11, but was also second on the team with three turnovers. While Monta Ellis gave some support with 13, but Indiana's real struggle came from C.J. Miles, who blanked from the field, missing all nine of his shot attempts, resulting in a rare zero point night in 25 minutes of action.
The shooting was bad period, but another woeful night from behind the arc (5-28) also played a factor in Indiana's lack of success, with George hitting four of the team's five on the night. The Pacers have historically struggled in Memphis, especially on the second night of a back-to-back, so despite the Grizzlies' own struggles on the season, they took care of the business they needed to.
For Indiana, they'll get back to work on Monday, when they travel south from Memphis to face the San Antonio Spurs, who are 15-0 at home.