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Practice: Pacers Like Their Tempo

November 10, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about Indiana's pace during Friday's win over the Heat. Forward Domantas Sabonis, who sprained his ankle in the win, talks about how it's feeling as the Pacers prepare to face Houston.

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Practice: Pacers Like Their Tempo

November 10, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about Indiana's pace during Friday's win over the Heat. Forward Domantas Sabonis, who sprained his ankle in the win, talks about how it's feeling as the Pacers prepare to face Houston.
Nov 10, 2018  |  01:08

Game Preview: Pacers at Rockets

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET at Toyota Center
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last updated: November 11 at 12:12 PM ET

Matchup

Prior to the season, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan emphasized the importance of becoming a "road tough" team.

13 games into the season, and it seems like the Pacers (8-5) might have playing on the road down pat, as they enter Sunday's matchup with the Rockets (4-7) on a road winning streak.

Friday's win over the Heat in Miami marked the fifth straight victory away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Pacers, something they haven't done since the 2010-2011 season.

The slew of victories have had their fair share of late-game heroics, with the Pacers closing their last three road wins on a combined 47-13 run.

During their win over the Heat, the Pacers trailed 102-98 before reeling off a punishing 12-0 run to close the game with an eight-point victory.

The Rockets — who beat the Pacers less than a week ago at Bankers Life Fieldhouse — enter Sunday's matchup on the second night of a back-to-back.

Houston has been led in scoring by the reigning MVP in James Harden, who looks to be back in form following a hamstring injury that caused him to miss some early games.

During the Pacers' 98-94 loss to the Rockets, free throws proved to be the difference as Houston sank 15-of-16 from the line, compared to 20-of-30 for the Pacers.

The issue of free throws came up again during Friday's game with the Heat, as the Pacers again struggled to knock them down from the line, hitting on just 17-of-29.

"We were getting good looks. We just have to finish them and knock down our free throws," said McMillan. "It's shocking to see our guys miss so many free throws. But I love the fact that we are getting to the basket. We are showing aggressiveness, we just have to knock them down when we get there."

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Darren Collison, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Rockets: PG - Chis Paul, SG - James Harden, SF - James Ennis, PF - James Ennis, C - Clint Capela

Injury Report

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis - available (sprained right ankle)

Rockets: Michael Carter-Williams TBD (illness), Brandon Knight - out (left knee injury), Nenê - out (right calf strain)

Last Meeting

November 5, 2018: Less than one week ago, the Rockets visited Bankers Life Fieldhouse and came out with a 98-94 victory.

The Pacers loss was the start of two straight defeats at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Blue & Gold, as the reigning MVP in James Harden proved to be too much to handle during the game's key moments.

Harden hit the go-ahead 3-pointer on one end and then stripped Oladipo on the other in the last-minute sequence to help lift the Houston Rockets over the Pacers.

"We still gave ourselves a chance to win," Oladipo said. "Unfortunately we didn't make the plays necessary down the stretch, but it's a part of the game.

Noteworthy

  • The Rockets have won three straight games against the Pacers and lead the all-time series 55-37
  • Victor Oladipo has reached 20 or more points in 12 consecutive games
  • Rockets guard Eric Gordon attended Indiana University and North Central High School in Indianapolis

Tickets

The Pacers will host the Heat next Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM ET. Secure your seats today for what will be Dwyane Wade's final regular season game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)
Please Note: The pregame broadcast will air only on 107.5 FM for Sunday's game

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