The Pacers lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to a serious right knee injury in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game against visiting Toronto.
Oladipo’s leg bent awkwardly as he fell to the floor while trying to disrupt an outlet pass to the Raptors’ Pascal Siakam.Oladipo will undergo an MRI exam Thursday.
“It is a serious injury and we’ll know more after the MRI,” head coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re not going to speculate.”
The magnitude of the injury was obvious quickly.
Trainers placed a towel over the leg, and players from both teams surrounded Oladipo. Fans gave him a standing ovation as he was carted off.
Indiana held off the Raptors 110-106. It was clear, though, that the injury would overshadow the rest of the game — if not the Pacers’ season.
Oladipo made his first All-Star Game last season after being acquired in a trade for Paul George, who in 2014 also suffered a severe leg injury.
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Losing Oladipo would be an enormous blow to the Pacers’ playoff hopes. Oladipo is the Pacers’ top scorer this season at 19.2 points per game.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Pacers. Darren Collison added 16 points.
Toronto was led by Serge Ibaka with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Raptors again played without Kawhi Leonard, O.G. Anunoby and Jonas Valanciunas, but still made things tough for Indiana following the injury.
Rockets 114, Knicks 110: James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant’s record for a visiting player at the current Madison Square Garden, and Houston edged New York. Harden finished 17-for-38 from the floor. He was 5-for-20 on 3-point tries, but was 22-for-25 from the line and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Pistons 98, Pelicans 94: Blake Griffin scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter, and Reggie Bullock grabbed a loose ball and slammed home a dunk with 14.5 seconds left to lift Detroit over host New Orleans, which is missing forward Anthony Davis (sprained finger).
Hornets 118, Grizzlies 107: Kemba Walker had 22 points and seven assists, and Nicolas Batum scored 18 points for visiting Charlotte. The game was the first since Grizzlies owner Robert Pera informed cornerstones Mike Conley (31 points) and Marc Gasol (22 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists) that they might be traded.
Nets 114, Magic 110: D’Angelo Russell had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 29 points, and host Brooklyn won its fifth straight game.
Celtics 123, Cavaliers 103: Terry Rozier scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and host Boston coasted to its fifth straight victory.
Clippers 111, Heat 99: Tobias Ha rris scored 22 of his 31 points in the first half, and visiting Los Angeles outscored Miami 44-26 in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Hawks 121, Bulls 101: John Collins scored a personal-high 35 points, Trae Young had 12 assists and Atlanta beat Chicago in the opener of a seven-game road trip.
76ers 122, Spurs 120: Joel Embiid had 33 points and 19 rebounds, including 16 straight at one point for the 76ers, and host Philadelphia used two four-point plays in the fourth quarter to beat San Antonio.
Jazz 114, Nuggets 108: Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers for host Utah, which hit 19 3-pointers in winning for the ninth time in 11 games.
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