NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Indiana 25 28 30 26 109
New Orleans 20 30 24 33 107
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 4, 2019
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 15,780

Pacers, Pelicans trying to end funks amid injuries

According to STATS
According to STATS

Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans

  1. The Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 95-88 victory at Miami on Saturday. Indiana has held its opponents to fewer than 100 points in an NBA-high 20 games this season, going 17-3 (.850) in those games.
  2. The Pelicans have lost five of six games, most recently losing at San Antonio, 113-108, on Saturday. Overall this season, New Orleans has a 3-9 (.250) record without Anthony Davis and the team has been outscored by 3.8 points per 100 possessions when he is off the court.
  3. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 31 points in the win over Miami and in the process made his 100th three-pointer of the season. Of the 42 players this season who have made at least 100 three-pointers, Bogdanovic's three-point percentage (42.9) ranks sixth in the league.
  4. The Pelicans have outscored opponents by 3.1 points per 100 possessions with Jrue Holiday on the court this season, while being outscored by 7.6 points per 100 possessions when he is off the court.
  5. Myles Turner recorded his 500th career block last game -- only Hassan Whiteside (625), Rudy Gobert (595) and Anthony Davis (590) have more blocks than Turner since he entered the league in 2015-16. Turner is responsible for 48.4 percent of Indiana's blocks this season, the highest percentage of any team's blocks by a single player.
  6. New Orleans has won three of its last four games against Indiana, including sweeping the season series in 2017-18 for the first time since 2009-10.

The Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Pelicans can each understand what the other is going through.

Both teams have had to deal with significant injuries as the Pacers conclude a four-game road trip by visiting the Pelicans on Monday night.

Things might be starting to look up for Indiana, but it doesn't look that way for New Orleans, which has lost two of three while playing without five of its top six scorers.

The Pacers, though, ended a four-game losing streak that began in the wake of All-Star guard Victor Oladipo's season-ending knee injury when they won at Miami 95-88 on Saturday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic had his most points as a Pacer, scoring 31, Darren Collison added 20 points and Myles Turner had 14, but it was Indiana's defense that made the difference.

"It was mental, I think," Bogdanovic said of the losing streak. "We needed this win to get it going. We have enough quality in this locker room without Victor to put up the numbers."

Oladipo's primary backup, Tyreke Evans, returned against the Heat after a three-game absence due to a sore back. Though he missed all seven of his shots and went scoreless in 16 minutes, Evans' return was a positive development for a team badly in need of one.

"It's all about adapting," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "It takes time and with different guys in and out of the lineup, it's not going to be a quick fix.

"(But) we're finding a rhythm with the group that we have."

A rhythm is what injury-riddled New Orleans is trying to find. It has lost five of six after a 113-108 loss at San Antonio on Saturday night.

Though the Pelicans dropped their second straight with their makeshift lineup, they made a remarkable comeback in the fourth quarter against the Spurs.

New Orleans trailed by 22 points, but scored 14 straight to give itself a chance with 2:27 remaining.

After San Antonio's Patty Mills made a 3-pointer, the Pelicans scored 10 points in a span of 1:22 to get within three. They had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Tim Frazier's 3-pointer missed.

Rookie Frank Jackson scored 25 points, Jrue Holiday (the only healthy starter) and Ian Clark added 15 each, Cheick Diallo had 13, rookie Kenrich Williams had 12 and Darius Miller 11.

"It's tough," Jackson told the Pelicans' team website. "We have guys injured. It forces us to kind of be more scrappy and play as hard as we can. I think we should have that mentality every single night."

It's unclear when New Orleans will get any players back. In fact, coach Alvin Gentry won't commit to playing star Anthony Davis, who has asked the team to trade him, when he gets healthy from a finger injury.

The other injured players include three other starters -- forward Julius Randle (ankle) and guards E'Twaun Moore (knee) and Elfrid Payton (ankle) -- as well as top reserve Nikola Mirotic (calf).

"I think guys have seized the opportunity that they have gotten to play," Gentry said. "When you're a young player like Frank and Kenrich and you get an opportunity to play you want to try and take advantage of those minutes that you get out there and I think that's what they've tried to do."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 3, 2019

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