Bogdanovic scores 35, Pacers blow out Nuggets 124-88
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 25, 2019 08:03 AM
FILE - Indiana Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic shoots next to New York Knicks' Kevin Knox (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
By Jim Johnson, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Denver Nuggets 124-88 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Myles Turner had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers (45-29), who returned home after dropping four in a row during a West Coast swing.
Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Will Barton had 15 points and reserve Monte Morris scored 12 points for the Nuggets (49-23), who lost for the first time after winning six straight.
Bogdanovic scored every point during a 12-2 run late in the second quarter. He made a three-pointer with 2:53 remaining in the first half to put the Pacers ahead 52-35.
Bogdanovic set a career-high for points in a half, and that was enough to put the game away before the break. He was 10-of-11 from the field in the first half and didn't miss a shot until Jokic blocked a three-point attempt with three seconds left.
The Pacers led 62-46 at halftime, and the Nuggets never got closer than 11 points in the second half.
Kyle O'Quinn's dunk made it 121-80 with 1:30 left to play.
Nuggets: Denver was just 2-of-10 from three-point range in the first half and 7-of-29 for the game. ... The Nuggets finished 15-of-16 from the free-throw line. ... Jokic also had four blocked shots.
Pacers: Indiana is 20-1 this season when holding teams to 97 or fewer points. ... Bogdanovic also had six rebounds. ... G Darren Collison was out for a third straight game with a right quad contusion.
Nuggets: Host Detroit on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Pacers: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).