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GAME RECAP: Pelicans 120, Pacers 98

Brandon Ingram scores 24 points, 7 assists, and grabs 5 rebounds as the Pelicans beat the Pacers 120-98.

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GAME RECAP: Pelicans 120, Pacers 98

Brandon Ingram scores 24 points, 7 assists, and grabs 5 rebounds as the Pelicans beat the Pacers 120-98.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:01

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Dec. 28, 2019

Dec. 28, 2019 - Following their 120-98 loss to the Pelicans on Saturday night, Coach McMillan and Justin Holiday shared their reaction in the postgame locker room.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:55

Sabonis Follows the Play After Holiday Defense

December 28, 2019 - Aaron and Justin Holiday force the turnover, and Domantas Sabonis follows the play and gets the putback layup.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:10

Turner Finds Warren Down Low

December 28, 2019 - Myles Turner finds T.J. Warren cutting to the basket.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:09

Holiday Hits the Three

December 28, 2019 - Aaron Holiday gets himself open on the wing and drains the 3-pointer.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:10

Goga Gets it Done On Both Ends

December 28, 2019 - Goga Bitadze blocks a shot and runs the floor for the layup on the other end.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:10

McConnell Beats the Buzzer

December 28, 2019 - T.J. McConnell winds the clock down and hits the jumper at the buzzer to end the first quarter.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:11

Warren Turns Defense to Offense

December 28, 2019 - T.J. Warren picks up the loose ball and takes it himself with the pretty Euro step.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:08

Lamb With the Steal and Score

December 28, 2019 - Jeremy Lamb jumps the passing lane and gets down the floor for a breakaway dunk.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:08

Turner With the Putback

December 28, 2019 - Myles Turner gets the easy putback.
Dec 28, 2019  |  00:09

Game Rewind: Pacers 98, Pelicans 120

Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Smoothie King Center
by Brendan Rourke Contributor

Game Rewind

Fatigue got the best of Indiana tonight.

Playing in their second back-to-back in six days – which began with a heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat in the final seconds yesterday – the Pacers (21-12) failed to bounce back against New Orleans Pelicans (10-23) Saturday night. After a decent first quarter, the Blue & Gold appeared out of sync for the remainder of the game, and ended up falling 120-98 when all was said and done at the Smoothie King Center. With the win, New Orleans stretched its current win streak to three games.

After scoring 32 in the first on 12-of-22 shooting, Indiana scored just 36 total points on 11-of-39 shooting in the second and third quarters combined. A barrage of threes from the Pelicans early in the fourth soon put the game on ice. New Orleans led by as many as 26 in the final frame.

Starting in relief of Malcolm Brogdon again, Aaron Holiday scored a game-high 25 points on 7-of-14 shooting. T.J. Warren added 20, while Domantas Sabonis notched his 26th double-double of the season by halftime. He finished with 15 points and 16 boards.

Seven Pelicans players finished in double figures, including 20 points from Aaron and Justin Holiday’s brother, Jrue Holiday.

The teams played a tight game throughout the early moments of the first. Trailing 10-8, Jeremy Lamb’s quick hands swiped the ball from Derrick Favors. He then finished all alone on the other end to knot the score 10-10 with 8:36 left to play in the frame.

Later, Indiana countered five consecutive Pelicans points with a 10-3 run, including five from Aaron Holiday. Warren’s euro-step finish in the paint gave Indiana its first two-possession lead, 23-18, with 3:02 left to play in the first.

To close out the quarter, the Pacers’ defense held the Pelicans to just one field goal in their last 14 possessions. After Sabonis connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing, T.J. McConnell nailed a buzzer-beating jumper to push Indiana’s lead to 32-19 heading into the second.

Nine-straight points from New Orleans would soon trim Indiana’s comfortable lead down to four in the early moments of the second. Jrue Holiday’s jumper in the paint cut Indiana’s lead to 32-28 and forced head coach Nate McMillan to call a timeout to stop the bleeding with 8:18 left in the half.

Out of the timeout, Sabonis would finish a three-point play to end Indiana’s scoring drought, and extend Indiana’s lead back 35-28.

For the next 2:39, the only points scored came off 3-of-4 Pelicans free throws. Doug McDermott would then lay in his own miss with 5:22 remaining in the half to push Indiana ahead 37-31.

But the Pelicans would soon crawl back into the lead via the free-throw line. A pair of Brandon Ingram free throws would tie the score 39-39 at the 3:46 mark. Just under a minute later, JJ Redick connected on a pair to give New Orleans the 41-39 lead.

The Pelicans would stretch their lead to as high as five, 48-43, before Warren’s two free throws with 9.3 seconds left trimmed the lead down to three before time expired in the half. The shots would give Indiana 13 points for the quarter, tying its season-low performance.

The Blue & Gold began the third with sloppy play once again. A careless turnover led to New Orleans extending its lead to 52-47 on a fast-break dunk from Favors with 9:32 remaining in the period.

Over the next few minutes, the the Pacers managed to cut the Pelicans’ lead to one on two different occasions, but fell short of grabbing the lead. With 8:00 left in the third, New Orleans made enough plays to pull off a 14-6 run over a 4:50 span for grab a 70-61 lead. The run was highlighted by an emphatic alley-oop dunk from Jackson Hayes off a lob from Jrue Holiday.

After the run, E’Twaun Moore’s 3-pointer from the right baseline would finally push the Pelicans’ lead to double digits, 73-61, with 2:44 remaining in the third.

For the final 1:09 of the period, the Pelicans heated up from deep while the Pacers played in the mud. Three consecutive 3-pointers – two from Ingram – led to an 18-point advantage, 86-68, heading into the fourth.

After McDermott opened the final frame with a 3-pointer, New Orleans quickly responded with eight straight points – including two more treys – to give the Pelicans a 94-72 lead with 10:19 remaining in the game.

At this point it was evident the Blue & Gold had nothing left in the tank.

With 8:00 left in the game, Aaron Holiday chucked an errant pass out of bounds, giving the Pelicans an unneeded possession. After they missed two attempts from deep, the ball bounced into Holiday’s hands once more. But Moore swiped the ball away from an unsuspecting Holiday and drilled a 3-pointer with 7:32 remaining to give New Orleans a commanding 101-76 lead.

At the 4:00 mark, Indiana pulled its starters and allowed its deeper reserve players to gain some experience. Alize Johnson trimmed the Pelicans’ lead to 18 points on a layup with 1:23 remaining. But New Orleans finished off the game with two more 3-pointers to push it to 22 as time expired.

Indiana will get a much needed two-day break before they take on the Philadelphia 76ers on New Year’s Eve.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers’ bench was outscored 36-22. Doug McDermott provided the only 3-pointer from any Indiana reserve

Indiana was out-rebounded for the fifth-straight game (49-46).

The Blue & Gold committed 18 turnovers which resulted in 24 Pelicans points. They forced 13 and scored just 10 points off them.

Indiana shot just 38.8 percent from the floor, marking their fourth-worst shooting performance of the season

You Can Quote Me On That

“It was just effort…effort and being focused. I think we played hard, but I don’t think we were locked in like we needed to be. Regardless if it was a back-to-back or not, we get paid to do this job and we’ve got to come out and do it. We didn’t tonight.” – Justin Holiday on the team’s energy level

“We’ve got a whole half. There’s a lot of time out there. We weren’t down by too much, but we let it slip away, the lead slipped away a little bit. We had a whole half to get it back. And, again, they hit a lot of big shots and just kept pushing the lead.” – Aaron Holiday on what the halftime message was

“Well we’ve just got to put it behind us. We’ve got some tough games coming up. We have to flush this and get home. We will take tomorrow off, allow our guys to recover, and get ourselves ready for Philadelphia.” – Head coach Nate Mcmillan on how to avoid losing streaks


  • For the first time in NBA history, three brothers – Aaron, Justin, and Jrue Holiday – played simultaneously in an NBA game.
  • Indiana lost consecutive games for the first time since dropping three straight to start the season.
  • With the win, the Pelicans tied their season-long win streak at three.


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