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Summer League: Pacers 79, Jazz 73

by Scott Agness | @ScottAgness

July 11, 2013

After a day off in Orlando, the Pacers resumed Summer League play on Thursday against the Utah Jazz. Though they trailed by two at the break, the Pacers led most of the way and went on to a 79-73 win. The victory evens the team’s Summer League record at 2-2, with one game remaining.

"It was a team win," said Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke. "Everybody who got in contributed in a positive way. We made a lot of winning plays in the second half, particularly defensively. They shot 51 percent in the first half and 41 percent for the game so our team defense stepped up."

Orlando Johnson set off a sharpshooting first quarter with a 3-pointer to open the game followed by a fadeaway jumper. Both teams hit better than 55 percent of their field goals. Justin Harper scored 10 of his team-high 13 points in the first half. The Jazz (2-2) closed the half on a 9-2 run for a 40-38 halftime advantage.

The Pacers then outscored the Jazz by nine in the third quarter, taking a seven-point lead into the final period. Julian Mavunga, who played his first minutes (12) in Orlando after suffering a sprained left ankle in the final practice last Saturday, scored four of his eight points in the fourth. Rookie Chris Roberts paced the Jazz with 18 points, including five straight with about two minutes to play, which trimmed the Pacers’ lead to six. After Rudy Gobert made two free throws, Johnson then connected on two of his own as the Pacers held on for the win.

Pacers rookie Solomon Hill showed off his 3-point abilities by nailing 4-of-6 attempts for all 12 of his points (in 31 minutes). 7-foot center Jerome Jordan finished with an impressive eight points and seven rebounds off the bench. Micah Downs continued to demonstrate his scoring ability, contributing seven points in 13 minutes.

Indiana’s final game will be on Friday, but the time and opponent will be determined by the results of the other three games on Thursday.

Prior to the game, the Pacers added Syracuse forward Rick Jackson to their roster to replace Chris Wright, who left to play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Downs and Jonny Flynn also left the team to head to Vegas after Thursday’s game.

Indiana’s final game will be a rematch with the Jazz at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday morning.

Notes

  • Dan Burke received a technical foul for the second consecutive game.
  • Miles Plumlee left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle and didn’t return.
  • The Pacers have utilized the same starting lineup – Sloan, Johnson, Hill, Harper, Plumlee – in all four games.

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