(PORTLAND, OR) – The Pacers got off to a hot start and took advantage of Portland’s early shooting woes but the Trail Blazers were able to right the ship and defeat Indiana 106-98.
Portland missed their first ten 3-pointers but Damian Lillard took control and led the Trail Blazers with 30 points and 15 assists. Jusef Nurkic added 18 points and 11 assists as the Trail Blazers finished just under 47-percent shooting from the field and going nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 19 of 21 attempts.
For the Pacers, it was their second straight loss to start their four-game road trip and the loss marred Myles Turner’s season-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan noted similarities in their last two losses.
“We allowed them to make a run towards the end of the first quarter and the same happened in the second quarter. It was almost a mirror image of the Denver game.”
The Pacers don’t have time to reflect on back-to-back losses as they get right back to work tonight when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip-off is at 10:30pm EST.