Victor Oladipo Returns Home, Carries Pacers To Victory
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INDIANAPOLIS – For one of the few times this season, the Indiana Pacers began this past weekend facing some adversity.
Having lost two straight road games to two of the NBA’s worst teams, Indiana was in danger of a dreadful road trip, and slipping near the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
But Nate McMillan’s team showed some serious resiliency in road wins over two playoff teams---the Bucks and the Wizards---on Friday and Sunday nights.
Sunday’s 98-95 victory over the Wizards gave Indiana a 2-2 road trip, and pushed them up to the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference.
“It feels great,” McMillan said of finishing off the road trip on a high note. “Got off to a slow start and guys bounced back – beat two really good teams.
“To come into Washington, and this team's been playing well, and get this game, last game on a road trip, it's really big for us.”
Victor Oladipo returned to the Washington D.C. area and dropped 33 points in front of family and friends. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points against his former team. Myles Turner had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Indiana got off to a nice double-digit cushion early in Sunday’s game in the nation’s capital.
That lead swelled to 17 points in the 4th quarter before Washington made a furious rally late.
All-Star guard Bradley Beal had a chance to tie or take the lead on 3 separate occasions in the final 20 seconds, but could not convert on any of them.
The win for the Pacers moved their record to 21-0 on the season when allowing 97 points or fewer.
“We just needed the win, obviously, and every win is important,” Oladipo said as the Pacers wrapped up one of the more important back-to-back winning stretches of the season.
“Every game is important from now on till the rest of the season, so we just have to continue to keep getting better and taking it one game at a time.”
What’s Next: After 4 straight games on the road, the Pacers (36-27) are returning home for 3 games this week: Milwaukee (Monday), Utah (Wednesday) and Atlanta (Friday).