INDIANAPOLIS–The Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 126-111, in their first game coming out of the All Star break.
Wesley Matthews played his third game as a Pacer and knocked down a three-pointer at the half-time buzzer.
“Any time someone gets hot it’s a product of the team,” he said.
After the first half, the Pacers caught a second wind.
“We looked like we were running in mud,” said head Coach Nate McMillan, of the first half. “Slow start, it didn’t look like we had that urgency. I thought the third quarter, we challenged our guys to come with that urgency and play the game the way they’re capable of playing it.”
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The Pacers were without starting center Myles Turner on Friday night, said Pacers.com. The NBA’s leading shotblocker sustained a bruised left thigh in Wednesday’s practice and was unable to go against the Pelicans. Third-string center Kyle O’Quinn started in his place, as head coach Nate McMillan opted to keep Sabonis in his normal rotation with the second unit.
The Pacers won’t have much time to rest on their laurels, as they tip off a three-game road trip on Saturday night in Washington.
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