An electric first quarter from the Indiana Pacers turned into a thriller late against the Memphis Grizzlies, with the Pacers coming up two key offensive rebounds and forcing two key turnovers to close out the win. Indiana scored 45 first quarter points, a season high, needing every point in that quarter as they proceeded to lose the next three quarters.
Caris LeVert scored a Pacers high 34, with Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis each falling just shy of triple doubles. Brogdon had 29 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds while Sabonis had 18, 15 boards, and nine assists. As a team the Pacers had 35 assists. Off the bench, Doug McDermott had 13 with T.J. McConnell scoring 10. Goga Bitadze had seven points, six rebounds, and five blocks.
Indiana had to rely on their offense tonight given some less than stellar play on the defensive end. The Pacers allowed 88 points in the paint, with Jonas Valanciunas scoring 34 with 22 rebounds (12 offensive) as the Grizzlies scored 30 second chance points.
The Pacers win three straight for the first time since December, setting up a return home matchup against Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers on TNT.