Pacers at Rockets

GAME RECAP: Rockets 115, Pacers 103

James Harden scores 40 points, dishing out nine assists as the Rockets defeat the Pacers, 115-103.

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GAME RECAP: Rockets 115, Pacers 103

James Harden scores 40 points, dishing out nine assists as the Rockets defeat the Pacers, 115-103.
Nov 11, 2018  |  00:00

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and guards Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo react to the Pacers' 115-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.
Nov 11, 2018  |  01:29

Turner with the Rejection

November 11, 2018: Myles Turner swatted away a shot in the first quarter.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:03

Darren Drills Corner Three

November 11, 2018: Myles Turner finds Darren Collison in the corner for the triple.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:17

Joseph's Slick Pass to Vic

November 11, 2018: Cory Joseph gets the ball to Victor Oladipo with a nifty pass.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:26

Bogey Ties It

November 11, 2018: Bojan Bogdanvovic nails a 3-pointer to tie the game.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:44

McDermott Buries 3-Pointer Through Contact

November 11, 2018: Doug McDermott doesn't let a foul stop him from hitting a 3-pointer.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:55

Thad Throws Down

November 11, 2018: Thad Young finishes at the rim with a dunk.
Nov 11, 2018  |  04:22

Joseph Pure From Deep

November 11, 2018: Cory Joseph makes a shot from long range.
Nov 11, 2018  |  04:12

Oladipo Hits From Long Range

November 11, 2018: Victor Oladipo drains another 3-pointer for the Pacers.
Nov 11, 2018  |  04:05

Oladipo Dunks It

November 11, 2018: Victor Oladipo gets to the rim for a slam.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:56

Sabonis Says No

November 11, 2018: Domantas Sabonis rises up for a big block.
Nov 11, 2018  |  03:55

Bogdanovic Cuts Into the Lead

November 11, 2018: Bojan Bogdanovic cuts into Houston's advantage with a 3-pointer.
Nov 11, 2018  |  04:01

Game Rewind: Pacers 103, Rockets 115

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET at Toyota Center
by Kyle Grand

James Harden and the Rockets' long range shooting were too much for the Pacers Sunday night, as they fell 115-103 in Houston. Houston made 20 3-pointers, and they were hot from long range right off the bat.

“We knew they were very capable of getting hot, even though they hadn’t shot the ball well early this season," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "We knew they were very capable, and tonight they did."

To begin the game, Houston raced out to a 17-5 advantage. Indiana responded with an 11-0 run of its own to get within a point with 5:30 left in the opening quarter.

Indiana grabbed the lead, 31-29, after a pair of Bojan Bogdanovic free throws with just seconds remaining, but Chris Paul drained the final shot of the quarter, a 3-pointer, to give Houston a 32-31 lead heading into the second.

In the second, the Rockets used an 11-2 run to push their lead to 10, 49-39, with 6:26 remaining in the period. From there, Houston continued to build its lead as the Rockets outscored Indiana 27-15 the rest of the way to take a 76-54 lead into the locker room.

Indiana came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half. The Blue & Gold scored the half's first 11 points to trim the deficit in half with 9:48 to play in the third quarter.

The Pacers got the Rockets' lead down to 10 with 4:43 to go in the third, but then the Rockets answered back. After that Collison bucket, Houston outscored Indiana 18-7 to take a 102-81 lead into the final period.

The Pacers made one last push in the fourth quarter. Indiana outscored Houston 17-7 in the early stages of the period to cut the lead to 10, 109-99, with under five minutes to play.

But they weren't able to close the gap over the final few minutes and Houston hung on for a 12-point win.

“It’s tough," Pacers point guard Darren Collison said. "You’re talking about one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA, that’s what they do. And we weren’t able to get enough stops and take away the 3-pointer and do what they do best."

Victor Oladipo logged his second straight double-double after finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bogdanovic added 20 points.

For Houston, James Harden had 40 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Chris Paul added 26 points.

Inside The Numbers

Bojan Bogdanovic's +10 was the team's best +/- rating.

The Pacers are now 5-3 on the road this season.

Stat of the Night

The Rockets were prolific from three tonight. Houston hit 20 of its 47 attempts (42.6 percent) from beyond the arc.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We just have to scrap. We have to scrap, and we have to go to work, and it’s as simple as that." - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

"They made some tough shots man. You watch it on film, they made some contested threes and just plain tough shots.” - Pacers center Myles Turner

"We had a good start and guys were knocking down shots and being aggressive. And that’s really what it is, we made it a little bit easier for one another, kicking it out to the open man, and it really helped us on defense.” - Rockets guard Eric Gordon

Noteworthy

  • Victor Oladipo secured his second straight double-double and third overall this season.
  • Victor Oladipo has reached now 20 or more points in 13 consecutive games.

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