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GAME RECAP: Pacers 117, Grizzlies 104

Malcolm Brogdon leads the Pacers with 19 points and 9 assists to get past the Grizzlies 117-104

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GAME RECAP: Pacers 117, Grizzlies 104

Malcolm Brogdon leads the Pacers with 19 points and 9 assists to get past the Grizzlies 117-104
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:01

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Dec. 2, 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 - Nate McMillan, Jeremy Lamb, Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Holiday, and Myles Turner discuss Indiana's 117-104 win over the Grizzlies on Monday night in Memphis.
Dec 2, 2019  |  01:21

Aaron Holiday with the Block

Aaron Holiday hustles for a block.
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:06

Turner Block Leads To Pacers Basket

Turner Block Leads To Pacers Basket
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:10

Brogdon Goes In Strong

Brogdon Goes In Strong
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:09

Lamb With The Teardrop

Lamb With The Teardrop
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:08

Justin Holiday Knocks Down the Trey

Justin Holiday Knocks Down the Trey
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:10

Sabonis Doesn't Stop Underneath

Sabonis Doesn't Stop Underneath
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:09

Warren for Three

T.J. Warren hits the 3-pointer.
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:08

Brogdon Off The Glass

Malcolm Brogdon banks it in.
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:10

Lamb Steals and Scores

Jeremy Lamb gets the steal and scores.
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:08

Warren Hits Three Off Fastbreak

T.J. Warren drills the 3-pointer.
Dec 2, 2019  |  00:09

Game Rewind: Pacers 117, Grizzlies 104

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET at FedExForum
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss





Game Recap

Balance ruled the night yet again for the Pacers on Monday in Memphis.

All five starters scored between 14 and 19 points and brothers Justin and Aaron Holiday added 26 combined points off the bench for good measure, as Indiana (13-7) handled the Grizzlies (6-14), 117-104.

Malcolm Brogdon tallied a team-high 19 points, six rebounds, and nine assists in the victory, while Domantas Sabonis added 18 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists as the Pacers bounced back after seeing their five-game win streak snapped on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

"I just like the fact that we're moving the ball," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said after the win. "We're sharing the ball, getting the ball to the open man. Normally when you play that way, good things happen."

Former Pacer Solomon Hill scored five early points to help the Grizzlies take an early 9-4 lead. But Indiana answered with nine unanswered points, the start of a 20-7 run for the visitors before De'Anthony Melton's 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer trimmed the Pacers' lead to 24-19.

Doug McDermott made a free throw to open the second quarter after Memphis fouled away from the ball on the quarter-opening inbounds, but it was all Grizzlies after that. Hill scored five points during a 12-0 run by the hosts to re-take the lead.

Sabonis finally ended the drought, converting a hook shot for Indiana's first field goal of the frame at the 8:49 mark. That finally got the Blue & Gold rolling, as the Pacers scored on nine straight possessions.

An Aaron Holiday jumper, Sabonis layup, Brogdon three-point play, and Brogdon layup were all part of an 11-0 run that put the Pacers in front. After that, a jumper from Sabonis, 3-pointers from Justin Holiday and T.J. Warren, and another Sabonis jumper capped an impressive offensive sequence.

The Pacers managed to extend their lead to as many as 12 points before halftime and took a 57-47 lead into the break.

Indiana maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the third quarter, extending the lead to 14 points on Myles Turner's layup with 2:45 to play. The Grizzlies subsequently reeled off seven straight points to cut their deficit in half with 1:19 remaining in the frame, but Justin Holiday hit another 3-pointer and T.J. McConnell banked in a runner in the final minute of third quarter to push the lead back to 85-73.

The Pacers managed to hold the Grizzlies at an arm's length throughout the fourth quarter, thwarting any threat of a serious run. The only major drama concerned Sabonis' pursuit of a triple-double, which came to an end when he fouled out with 2:33 remaining.

Turner finished with 17 points and six rebounds and Jeremy Lamb added 15 points and seven boards. Warren scored all 14 of his points in the first half, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Justin Holiday was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc on his way to 15 points, while Aaron added three triples of his own and finished with 11 points.

"We just have so much, man," Turner said. "...The balance that we have night in and night out, we don't have to worry about where we're going to get offense from."

Second-year forward Jaren Jackson Jr. carried the offensive load for the short-handed Grizzlies, who were without leading scorer Ja Morant (sore back), starting center Jonas Valanciunas (illness), and key reserves Kyle Anderson (heel soreness) and Brandon Clarke (hip soreness).

Jackson had a game-high 31 points, going 10-for-19 from the field and 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Hill added a season-high 22 points, going 9-for-14 from the field and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Indiana will continue its five-game road trip on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. The road trip concludes with visits to Detroit and New York over the weekend.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers finished the night 16-for-38 from 3-point range (42.1 percent). The 38 3-point attempts were a new season high, four more than they attempted on Nov. 16 against Milwaukee. The 16 makes were the second-most by the Pacers in a game this season. They made 18 threes in their other game against the Grizzlies, a 126-114 win on Nov. 25 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Sabonis set a season high with eight assists and recorded his team-leading 15th double-double of the season. The 6-11 Lithuanian has now recorded a double-double in five straight and 13 of his last 14 contests.

The Pacers won despite being outscored 54-32 in points in the paint and 27-9 in points off turnovers.

Both Jackson and Hill set new season highs in scoring on Monday night.

Indiana shot exactly 50 percent in Monday's win (44-for-88). The Pacers have now posted a field goal percentage of .500 or better in five of their last six games.

You Can Quote Me On That

"I feel like when a lot of people were injured a lot of people were able to step up and get some playing time and we really saw what we had and it made us a better team. You don’t always see that going through it but now we see it made us a better team. Seven people in double figures is, like you said earlier, it's a testament to the assists." -Lamb

"I think everyone has done a very, very good job of working outside of the game, keeping themselves sharp so when they do get the shots they make them." -Justin Holiday

"That's how we want to play. I feel like if we have good ball movement, guys are going to be involved and we're going to shoot a high percentage. Our goal is always 30-plus assists. Tonight we had 31. Our guys were knocking down shots in rhythm." -McMillan

"Everybody has got to come in and have each other's back, especially when we've got a lot of guys down. What everybody was doing, they just have to increase that, boost their roles a little bit. People might have different roles at different times, but in the flow of the offense, if you're just making shots, we'll find you, whoever is hot." -Jackson on playing without so many key players

Stat of the Night

The Pacers have now had all five starters score in double figures in two of their last three games. Prior to that, they hadn't accomplished the feat since a Nov. 6 win over Washington.

Noteworthy

  • With Monday's win, the Pacers swept the season series with Memphis for the second time in the last three seasons.
  • Indiana now 30-18 against the Grizzlies all time and 6-13 in games played in Memphis.
  • Monday's win was the 629th career victory for McMillan, moving him past Doug Moe and into 24th place on the all-time wins list.

Tickets

After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return home to host Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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