Pacers vs Grizzlies

Pacers vs. Grizzlies

Marc Gasol records 33 points and 13 rebounds, Zach Randolph adds 18 points as the Grizzlies defeat the Pacers.

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Pacers vs. Grizzlies

Marc Gasol records 33 points and 13 rebounds, Zach Randolph adds 18 points as the Grizzlies defeat the Pacers.
Apr 16, 2015  |  02:20

Game Rewind: Pacers 83, Grizzlies 95

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:30 PM ET at FedEx Forum
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss






Game Recap

The Pacers put together a memorable run for the playoffs over the final two weeks of the regular season, but they ran out of gas at the end. Indiana saw its six-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday's regular season finale in Memphis, as the Pacers (38-44) fell to the Grizzlies (55-27), 95-83.

The Blue & Gold controlled their own destiny heading into Wednesday, but because they lost and Brooklyn defeated Orlando earlier in the evening, the Nets earned the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

After a dramatic double-overtime victory over the Wizards back in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, the Pacers had a quick turnaround against a Memphis team that needed a win to secure homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"I’m proud of this group’s resiliency and their ability to overcome a ton of adversity dating all the way back to the summer," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said after the loss. "We gave ourselves a chance to get in but I certainly am very disappointed."

The Pacers got off to a solid start on Wednesday, leading by as many as eight points after Ian Mahinmi's tip shot with 3:01 remaining in the first quarter. But the Grizzlies dominated the second quarter, reeling off a 19-4 run midway through the period to seize control of the game.

The Pacers never got within two possessions in the second half, as the Grizzlies grinded out the victory by pounding the ball into their bruise brothers in the post, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.

Gasol, Memphis' All-Star center, was listed as questionable coming into Wednesday's game due to a sprained ankle, but it didn't hamper him at all on Wednesday. Gasol had a career-high 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting and reeled in 13 rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass.

Randolph played the Robin to Gasol's Batman, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and collecting nine boards.

"It seemed like every time we got a couple of plays, they would get a couple of big plays back," Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles said. "We could never break that."

The Pacers, conversely, relied heavily on their starting backcourt. Miles led Indiana with 26 points, going 5-for-12 from 3-point range. Point guard George Hill added 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists in the loss.

Unfortunately for Indiana, no one else could get much going offensively. Sixth man Rodney Stuckey was the only other Pacers player in double figures with 11 points, but even he was just 3-for-13 from the field.

Pacers forward Paul George exited the game with 10:37 left in the fourth quarter. George was carried off the court by teammate and David West and diagnosed with a sore left calf. He did not return and finished the night with two points in 15:01.

"I just came off a screen and felt a pop," George said of the injury. "(The training staff) looked at it, and it’s nothing more than just a calf strain. It’s tough. I worked so hard in rehab to come back and to have something else pop up now, it’s tough. The good thing is that I have a long summer and a lot to look forward to."

Memphis will move on to face Portland in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers will miss out on the postseason for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Inside the Numbers

Miles finished the year on a high point. The veteran swingman scored in double figures in all eight games in the month of April and topped 20 points in his last four contests. Miles shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range over his final eight contests.

George Hill finished the year by scoring in double figures in 19 of his final 21 games. In his seventh, NBA season, the Hometown Hero had career-best averages for points, rebounds, and assists.

Gasol's 33 points were one more than his previous career best. He scored 32 points twice earlier this season, on Oct. 29 against Minnesota and on Nov. 21 against Boston.

The Grizzlies owned the glass, outrebounding Indiana, 48-36. The Pacers finished the year just 10-23 when losing the battle of the boards.

You Can Quote Me On That

"Their bench came in with a lot of energy and made a run in that second quarter. They left Marc Gasol in almost the entire first half. He was too much for us tonight, Marc Gasol was." -Vogel on the difference in the game

"Tough to say. I think our guys played with a lot of energy most of the night. Marc Gasol and this basketball team was too much for us. That’s tough to decide. Tough to tell." -Vogel on if his team ran out of gas

"This was a game that we knew was going to be tough coming into it, regardless of who was in jerseys for these guys tonight. They play so well here. This was a must win, and we came up short." -George

"We definitely showed that we are about winning basketball games. There is no giving up on this team. No matter how bad it got or how bad we thought it was going to be or whatever people thought that we were going to do, we stayed the course. We kept pushing. We put ourselves in a position that really no one thought that we were supposed to be in the first place. We believed in it. We got to it. We just fell a little short." -Miles on the Pacers' season

"I just took the shots that they gave me and I was in rhythm. They kept finding me and I was open and I made shots. At the end of the day, I felt we won the game on the other end. I felt defensively we did a really good job and we communicated from one side to the other side. We helped each other and talked and rebounded." -Gasol

Stat of the Game

Gasol and Randolph combined to average 46.5 points and 20.5 rebounds in the Grizzlies' two wins over the Pacers this season. They had 42 points and 19 boards in their win in Indianapolis on Oct. 31 and then totaled 51 points and 22 boards on Wednesday.

Noteworthy

  • Memphis swept the season series with the Pacers for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
  • Indiana still leads the overall series with the Grizzlies 24-14, but is just 4-9 all-time in Memphis.
  • The Pacers finished the year 5-13 on the second night of a back-to-back.

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