Turner leads Pacers past Grizzlies 105-101 for 3rd straight
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2018 11:12 AM
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner is defended by Memphis Grizzlies' Ivan Rabb during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 105-101. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
By Corey Elliot, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers won their third straight game with a 105-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Turner gave the Pacers a 102-101 lead by hitting two free throws with 34 seconds left.
With two seconds remaining, Wayne Selden missed a floater in the lane that would have given Memphis the lead. Indiana came up with the rebound and sealed it at the foul line with less than a second left.
All five Pacers starters scored in double digits. Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison each had 21 points, Victor Oladipo added 13 and Thaddeus Young had 10.
The teams traded the lead nine times in the first half, with Indiana taking a 55-53 lead into halftime. The Pacers opened the second half with a 9-3 run, but Memphis wouldn't go away. Trailing 100-95, the Grizzlies went on a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead with 1:57 to play.
Marc Gasol missed a jumper with 11 seconds left that was rebounded by Selden, who attempted the potential game-winning floater.
Gasol finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Selden led the Grizzlies with 24 points but was ejected with 0.7 seconds remaining after arguing he was fouled on his missed shot. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff came onto the floor to join Selden in his altercation with officials.
Grizzlies: Haven't defeated an Eastern Conference team on the road this season and will face three more before returning to Memphis next Wednesday (next Thursday, PHL time) to take on Utah. ... Memphis is 5-17 away from home this season. ... The Grizzlies allow the sixth-most points in the NBA, with opponents averaging 102.5 per game. ... Memphis is 3-24 when shooting a lower field goal percentage than its opponent. ... The Grizzlies are 11-27 this season when Mike Conley sits out due to injury.
Pacers: Indiana is 10-10 against Western Conference teams, including three straight wins. ... Since falling back to .500 (19-19) after losing their fifth straight game on Jan. 3 (Jan. 4, PHL time), the Pacers are 10-4. ... Indiana has won six of its last 10 by 13 or more points. ... The Pacers swept the season series against Memphis for the first time since 2012-13.
Turner was expected to take the next step in his progression this season, but instead has missed 16 games due to injury, including nine straight in January. Following two games off the bench after coming back from injury, Turner returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) and immediately provided the sort of production Indiana hoped to get out of the third-year center all season. He had seven points and six rebounds in the first quarter before finishing with his fourth double-double of the season.
THAD'LL DO IT
Young reached double digits in scoring for the 13th consecutive game. Prior to the streak, Young had only scored in double figures one time. Through 52 games this season, he has three double-doubles and is averaging 12.2 points and nearly six rebounds per game.
Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans was not with the team. Evans' absence only adds to speculation that Memphis might be trying to trade the eight-year veteran before the Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) deadline. Evans is averaging 19.5 points, five assists and five rebounds this season for Memphis.
Grizzlies: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Pacers: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).