The Indiana Pacers closed with a purpose tonight, topping the San Antonio Spurs in overtime to get back in the win column. The Pacers struggled at times, but never faltered the way they have in recent losses, staging a big comeback in the third and surviving a late Spurs push that forced overtime.
In the extra period, T.J. McConnell scored six, putting Indiana on his back to ensure it would be a win, hitting an automatic jumper with 18 seconds left to put them ahead by four.
On the other end, Myles Turner forced a turnover to ultimately give the Pacers a 139-133 win. It was a total team effort for the Pacers, getting seven double figure scorers without Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis, and Jeremy Lamb. Caris LeVert had 26 and nine assists while Turner had 18, seven rebounds, and four blocks.
All five starters scored in double figures, including 15 from Edmond Sumner and 10 each from Doug McDermott and Justin Holiday. Off the bench, McConnell and Aaron Holiday each scored 18, with Kelan Martin and JaKarr Sampson providing big minutes, nine from Martin (3-4 from three) and seven from Sampson. Goga Bitadze scored eight, 4-4 from the line.
This was a gutsy bounce back win for the Pacers, who will face the Chicago Bulls at home on Tuesday.