INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Domantas Sabonis had 14 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists, and short Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 144-117 in the first play-off game of the Archelles Conference on Tuesday night.
Led by Sabonis և Doug McDermott, who finished 16th out of 16 points in the first quarter, the 9th-ranked Pacers broke a nine-game losing streak in the post-season. They moved on to one win after a sixth consecutive playoff berth.
On Thursday, Indiana will visit Boston No. 7, No. 7 Boston with No. 8.
It was Indiana’s first post-season victory since winning Cleveland in April 2018. And the Pacers won this one, despite losing to striker Karis Leverte in the league’s health and safety record.
Charlotte was led by Miles Bridges with 18 points and former Indiana University star Cody Eller with 17 points. The Hornets finished the season with six defeats in a row.
The difference. Indiana’s playoff experience, which showed from the very beginning.
McDermott was in the lead, Indiana started from 11 to 7 with 3 points, consistently beat the Hornets with free balls, and remained in defense against Charlotte.
Indiana came out of the score 23-9, then extended the lead 40-24 after one, 69-45 in the half to 76-45 at the beginning of the third quarter. The Hornets were never close after opening minutes.
The Pacers finished 3 to 35 with 16 եց overall scoring from 55.2%.
Hornets. Terry Rosier had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Malik Monk added 13 points. M LaMelo Ball had 14 points և four rebounds in its post-season debut. Յ Rosier ոն Devante Գր Graham each finished the regular season in the top 15 of the 3-a-side league, but the Hornets were only 40 against 12 for the Deep Pacers. Lot Charlotte’s last post-season victory came in April 2016, when she defeated Miami. : The Hornets lost three straight post-season games when they could have progressed.
Pacers. Sabonis had a record nine triple-doubles in the regular season, four times in May. J TJ McConnell had 17 points, five rebounds and four steals. Oshe Bricet scored 23 points and Just Astin Holiday 12: ոգ Goga Bitadze had 14 points և 10 shots. Դ McDermott scored a double-digit goal in the best 14 consecutive games in his career. … Pacers have won four of the last six. … Indiana finished the regular season with the East’s best road record, 21-15.
The Pacers won despite missing LeVert, starting center Miles Turner (right foot), starting TJ Warren (left foot) և main reserve L Jeremy Lamb (left knee). In his first game since injuring his right foot on April 29, Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points and eight assists. Charlotte played without Gordon Hayward (right ankle) and Cody Martin (left ankle).
The Pacers are heading to Boston or Washington on Thursday, with the winner vying for the last place in the East playoffs. Charlotte goes home for the off-season.
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