Pacers End Losing Streak; Split Weekend Games
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INDIANAPOLIS – Going into the weekend, the results were what you expected.
-A convincing road win over the lowly Bulls, one that was much needed for a team that had lost its previous four games.
-And a home defeat to the scorching Rockets, who never trailed to the Pacers on Sunday.
The Pacers did have Domantas Sabonis back in the lineup this weekend, giving them their full healthy core for just the fourth and fifth times this season.
Here’s a look back on the Pacers (6-8) two weekend tilts:
Pacers 105, Bulls 87
Starting off the weekend in Chicago, the Pacers matched another fast start with a much better third quarter.
The major scoring contributions came from Victor Oladipo (25 points, on 11-of-20 shooting) and Bjoan Bogdanovic (22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, 6-of-9 from three-point range).
In snapping a four-game losing streak, the Pacers allowed a road season-low 87 points, after giving up an average of 115 points during the slide.
Missing the two previous games, both Pacers’ losses, reserve center Domantas Sabonis returned on Friday night. Sabonis had 8 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench.
Indiana held Chicago to just 38 points in the paint, a serious improvement from the first 12 games of the season.
Rockets 118, Pacers 95
The Pacers had zero answer for the high-octane Rockets on Sunday night.
Led by James Harden’s 26 points and 15 assists, Houston showed why it is one of the best teams in the NBA.
The Rockets led by 17 at the end of the first quarter and knocked home 17 three-pointers for a road victory coming off a back-to-back.
Victor Oladipo (28 points on 11-of-17 shooting) and Domantas Sabonis (17 points in 23 minutes off the bench) paced the home Pacers.
Forward Thaddeus Young did not score (0-for-7) in 24 minutes on the floor.
Indianapolis native Eric Gordon had 21 points, continuing his impressive start to the season in Houston.
What’s Next: The Pacers (6-8) will play four games in the next week: @Memphis (7-5, Wednesday), Detroit (10-3, Friday), @Miami (6-7, Sunday) and @Orlando (8-5, Monday).