The Indiana Pacers began their 2018-19 campaign with a bang, blowout the Memphis Grizzlies to start the season 1-0. The Pacers never trailed against Memphis, blowing the game wide open in the second quarter and never looking back. Indiana shot 56.6% with seven double figured scores, outrebounded the Grizzlies by 29, had 29 assists, and outscored Memphis 20-6 in fast break points.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for the Pacers with 19, shooting 7-9 with three threes, leading the Pacers through a rough stretch to start. Domantas Sabonis led the charge for a big bench night, scoring 14 points and pulling in 15 rebounds. The Pacers’ bench scored 58 points, with Tyreke Evans (14 points) and Doug McDermott (12) playing well in their debuts. Cory Joseph also scored 11.
As for the starters, the Pacers succeeded without a big night from Victor Oladipo, who had 16. Thaddeus Young was a big lift for the starting unit with 10 points and eight rebounds and Myles Turner had an eight and eight night himself with four blocks.
The Pacers hit the road for their first away game of the year against division rival Milwaukee Bucks, who will also enter at 1-0 after escaping with a road win over Charlotte.