NBA Game Recap - Indiana at Memphis
Mon Dec 2, 2019 8:00 PM EST

PHO
109
CHA
104
F
UTA
94
PHI
103
F
GS
79
ATL
104
F
IND
117
MEM
104
F
NY
88
MIL
132
F
CHI
113
SAC
106
F

Indiana 117, Memphis 104

Dec 2, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

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2

3

4

T

Indiana (13-7)

24

33

28

32

117

Memphis (6-14)

19

28

26

31

104

Balanced scoring carries Pacers past short-handed Grizzlies
Tue Dec 3, 2019 12:48 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Indiana’s balanced scoring was too much for a makeshift Memphis Grizzlies lineup.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis added 18 and the Pacers beat the depleted Grizzlies 117-104 on Monday night.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Pacers, including Myles Turner with 17 points. Jeremy Lamb and reserve Justin Holiday had 15 apiece, with Holiday missing only one of his six 3-point attempts.

Holiday said “I think guys are just ready, and when they get their chance” they seize the moment.

“It’s a testament to moving the ball, just playing together on both ends,” Lamb added.

Ball movement has become the key for the Pacers, who have won six of seven. Their passing and cutting provided open shots, and Indiana capitalized by shooting 50% from the field and hitting 16 of 38 3-pointers (42%).

“You move the ball to the open man and you’re going to shoot a high percentage,” coach Nate McMillan said.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with a season-high 31 points. Solomon Hill moved into the starting lineup and added 22, also a season best. Dillon Brooks finished with 19 on 7-of-16 shooting.

The Grizzlies were short-handed as four players - all key parts of the rotation - sat out with various ailments. That left the reserves trying to play with any kind of rhythm.

For the most part it was unsuccessful, but first-year Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said he was still proud of the effort, adding “there’s no excuses.”

“We could have come out super flat,” Jenkins said. “I know our offense wasn’t where it could have been, missing some shots, layups, 3s, but we competed.”

For McMillan, the key to Indiana’s recent success has been unselfish play.

“I just like the fact that we’re moving the ball,” he said. “We’re sharing the ball, getting the ball to the open man. Normally, when you play that way good things happen.”

TIP-INS

Pacers: Defeated Memphis 126-114 last Monday. ... Sabonis has reached double figures in all 18 games he’s played this season. He also had 14 rebounds in his 15th double-double of the season. … T.J. Warren was held to 14 points, all in the first half. He had at least 23 in three of his previous four games.

Grizzlies: Played without both their first-round rookies. G Ja Morant is nursing a sore back sustained in last Monday’s loss at Indiana, and F Brandon Clarke is dealing with left hip soreness. Meanwhile, forward Kyle Anderson also sat out with right heel soreness. C Jonas Valančiūnas was out with an illness. … Tyus Jones started in Morant’s place, and Hill replaced Valančiūnas. It was Hill’s first start of the season.

MELTON EMERGES

Memphis reserve guard De’Anthony Melton benefited from the absence of other rotation players, playing a season high in minutes (just under 25) and scoring a season-best 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Some think Melton should be getting more playing time, and his performance against the Pacers seemed to bode well.

“Loved it,” Jenkins said, later adding: “If he keeps having the simple mentality on defense and offense and keeps his game plan pretty simple for himself, I think he could have a really bright future.”

LEARNING FROM INJURIES

With key players out, Memphis can learn something from the Pacers about how the absences can help create a balanced team. Indiana has had its share of injuries, including guard Victor Oladipo, who is rehabbing a right knee injury. Lamb has missed nine games, while Turner has sat out six.

“I feel like when a lot of people were injured, a lot of people were able to step up and get some playing time,” Lamb said. “We really saw what we had and it made us a better team. You don’t always see that going through it, but now we see it has made us a better team.”

UP NEXT

Pacers: Travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Wednesday night.

Grizzlies: Play at Chicago on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Indiana PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Johnson 0 -3 0 0 0 0
G. Bitadze 0 -15 0 0 0 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Jackson 31 -14 2 4 1 2
S. Hill 22 2 2 6 3 0

Team Comparison

IND MEM
Points For 117 104
Field Goals 44/88-50% 38/89-43%
Three Pointers 16/38-42% 10/38-26%
Free Throws 13/15-87% 18/19-95%
Offensive Rebounds 8 8
Defensive Rebounds 36 30
Rebounds 53 45
Blocks 2 6
Steals 4 5
Turnovers 15 11
Points Scored Off Turnovers 9 27
Points in the Paint 32 54
Fast Break Points 10 6
Personal Fouls 22 20
Technical Fouls 0 2
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - IND Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 25 MEM 114 @ IND 126 G. Bitadze 4
Mon Dec 2 IND 117 @ MEM 104 T. McConnell 4 B. Caboclo 2

Game Information

Stadium: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 11,919
Game Time: 2:06