Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis gave the Pacers exactly what they needed Monday night.
Indiana’s two tallest players combined to score 35 points and grab 18 rebounds, and Turner added five blocks to help the host Pacers snap a three-game losing streak with a 111-102 victory over Detroit.
“We played our game,” Indiana head coach Nate McMillan said. “We did a good job of taking the ball, rebounding the basketball, getting out in transition.”
Indiana desperately needed a win after losing seven of its previous eight and its grip on home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers remain tied with Boston for the No. 4 spot in the East. The Celtics still hold the tiebreaker with the teams meeting in a potentially decisive game Friday in Indianapolis.
Blazers 132, T’wolves 122: Evan Turner had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench, and Portland moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with a win in Minneapolis.
Jazz 111, Hornets 102: Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and surging Utah overcame Kemba Walker’s 47 points to win in Salt Lake City.
Mavericks 122, 76ers 102: Justin Jackson scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter as Dallas took advantage of a shorthanded Philadelphia lineup in a home victory.
Raptors 121, Magic 109: Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points as host Toronto clinched its sixth Atlantic Division title.
Bucks 131, Nets 121: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the lineup to help Milwaukee prevail in Brooklyn.
Celtics 110, Heat 105: Kyrie Irving had 25 points, including two late free throws, and Boston held off visiting Miami.
Suns 122, Cavaliers 113: Devin Booker scored 25 points after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, enough to lead Phoenix to a home win.
Knicks 113, Bulls 105: Luke Kornet scored a career-high 24 points and host New York snapped its losing streak at six games.
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