Game Rewind: Pacers 76, Jazz 97
After surging to an early halftime lead against the Utah Jazz, the Pacers (0-3) were defeated 97-76 on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Things got off to a good start for Indiana, as the Pacers were able to force seven turnovers in the first quarter and get to the free throw line 20 times in the first half; compared to just four trips to the line for the Jazz.
But to start the second half, the Jazz went on a 14-2 run and outscored the Pacers 28-12 in the third quarter. It took a full five minutes for Indiana to get on the board in the third, but Paul George — who scored 16 points on the evening — was still able to energize the crowd with a one-handed slam to closeout the quarter.
Utah, led by the combination of Derrick Favors (18 points, seven rebounds) and Rudy Gobert (17 rebounds, nine points), helped the Jazz control the glass all evening, leading to a 47-34 rebounding advantage in Utah’s favor.
In the fourth quarter, the Pacers fell victim to another scoring drought — this one lasting from 9:23-4:41 — which enabled the Jazz to build upon its big third frame.
The Pacers’ starting unit starting unit had three players crack double-figures in scoring, including a 17-point, six rebound performance from point guard George Hill.
The loss, Indiana’s third-straight to start the season, seemed to be another indicator that the transition to a faster offense is still a work in progress.
The Pacers’ next game is Tuesday night on the road in Detroit, where they face the Pistons at 7:30 PM.