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Game Rewind: IND 110, UTA 114 (OT)
by Scott Agness | January 25, 12:55 AM | Updated 1:50 AM
For how troubling the Pacers played most of the night, they still had a chance; a chance in regulation and in overtime. A strong start to overtime put the Jazz in front for good as they escaped with a 114-110 victory. The loss will irritate the Pacers in a number of ways.
The Pacers had the lead for most of the first quarter, using a 10-2 run to get up as many as seven points. They connected on seven of their first eight shots and great shooting would be a constant in the opening half. The Jazz made half their shots in the first two quarters and the Pacers were even better with a 63 percent clip, but turnovers were the big story.
These (13) unforced errors came in a variety of ways from six different sources. The Pacers were getting stripped, traveling, passing one too many times and called for a three-second violation. Despite that, the Pacers never trailed by more than six. They scored nine consecutive points to close the half while the Jazz missed their last five attempts, and the Pacers had a 48-45 lead at intermission.
The Jazz controlled the third quarter and outscored the Pacers 31-20. They shot 56 percent from the floor because most of their shots were right around the basket. As the Pacers continued to give the ball up, the Jazz beat them in transition, scoring 12 fast break points in the quarter.
Tyler Hansbrough gave the Pacers big minutes at the beginning of the fourth. He scored three buckets and gave David West a much-needed break. The Jazz had an eight-point lead with less than three minutes remaining. That's when the Pacers defense turned it up a notch. Paul George hit a 3-pointer, West nailed a jumper and then George Hill made a layup after stealing the ball from Gordon Hayward. Then, Hill poked the ball away from Hayward.
Out of a timeout, Paul George was shoved while receiving a pass in the corner so he went to the foul line and made both attempts to tie the game at 98. With nine seconds left, Hayward held for the last shot but was stripped again, this time by West. An out of bounds heave with 0.2 seconds left was no good. Turnovers weren’t a problem for the Pacers in the fourth, but they were for the Jazz. Seven in total, including three-straight to end the game allowed the Pacers to force overtime.
The Jazz went to work in extra time, scoring on their first six possessions. During the final one of that bunch, they grabbed three offensive rebounds, ran one minute off the clock and scored to go ahead six. Four of those shots were easy layups. Paul George hit a 3-pointer and then Hill buried one as well to bring the Pacers within two points.
Utah's inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds hit the backboard and Paul Millsap was fouled. Frank Vogel tried to argue that the ball hit the back of the backboard and thus Pacers ball, down two. Instead, Millsap drained both free throws and that was the ball game.
The Pacers lost for the second-consecutive game, 114-110.
Inside the Numbers
David West and George Hill both finished in double figures for the eighth-straight game, with 24 and 22, respectively. With nine rebounds and eight assists, in addition to his 23 points, Hill nearly attained his first career triple-double. Roy Hibbert recorded his first double-double in ten games (14 points, 12 rebounds).
The frontcourt duo of Al Jefferson (25 points) and Paul Millsap (21) were a big reason why Utah won. In their previous meeting, the two scored a combined 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting. Tonight, they scored 46 points and made 19 of their 33 attempts.
Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and dished out six assists but he also had six turnovers.
Shooting 53 percent, the Jazz became just the fourth Pacers opponent to shoot above 50 percent. The Pacers are winless in those four games.
The Pacers made more than half their shots (54 percent) for just the second time this season.
Lance Stephenson had arguably his worst game of the season. He failed to score, missed all four shots, and had one rebound and one steal plus four turnovers in 24 minutes.
Both teams scored more than half their points in the paint, 60 for the Jazz to the Pacers’ 56.
“Yeah the referees made a call we have to live with. My interpretation is if the ball goes out of bounds they can review who it was off of. The question there was did it go out of bounds, did it hit the back of the backboard triggering it out of bounds? They did not call it that way so it’s not reviewable.” – Frank Vogel on Utah’s controversial inbounds play
“I’m not sure what the proper thing is, but I think they should have reviewed it. It should have been up for review because physics clearly explains that an object in motion stays in motion unless an object hits it, and something hit it. It should have been out of bounds.” – Roy Hibbert on the inbounds play
“Our defense has been solid all year. In particular, the last couple of games it has been big guys that have gotten going. We let Roy (Hibbert) down tonight. We just left him on an island. We didn’t do enough at the hoop. We’ve been playing good team defense, we just abandoned that the last couple of games. We just need to get a little more active.” – David West
“I own this one... I got my ass kicked in the post tonight. That usually doesn’t happen like that.” – Roy Hibbert
Stat of the Game
Utah scored 28 points off of 22 Indiana turnovers.
- The Pacers haven't won in Utah since 2005. They’ve lost the last six games.
- The Pacers lost consecutive games for the first time in 22 games.
- Utah has now won six straight at home and 10 in a row against Eastern Conference foes.
- In regards to Utah’s inbounds pass, from the rule book: Five sides of the backboard (front, two sides, bottom and top) are considered in play when contacted by the basketball. The back of the backboard and the area directly behind it are out of bounds.
- Paul Millsap was given a technical foul in the second quarter.
- Not feeling well, Gerald Green returned to Indianapolis to get checked out by team doctors.
- Pacers assistant coach Jim Boylen’s wife and two daughters were in attendance. He was on the Jazz coaching staff from 2007-2011.
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