Myles Turner Leads Short-Handed Pacers In Road Win

Myles Turner Leads Short-Handed Pacers In Road Win

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Myles Turner Leads Short-Handed Pacers In Road Win

A short-handed Pacers bunch got back on track with a 116-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls. What happened on the Friday night road win?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Down their three best players on Friday night, the Pacers had to rely heavily on Myles Turner.

The young center answered that call with 27 points and 14 rebounds.

With some unsung guys also stepping up, the Pacers took care of business on the road in Chicago, with a 116-105 victory.

“I thought we did a good job of next-man up with Domantas (Sabonis) not playing tonight,” McMillan said after the Pacers moved to 24-15 on the year. “Myles was involved a lot more because of the absence of Domantas, he was at the five position and he did a good job of making plays. He took the shot when it was there and really got us off to a good start and had an impact on this game on both ends of the floor.” 

Turner’s 10-of-18 performance from the field helped offset Indiana missing Sabonis (left knee), Malcolm Brogdon (step throat) and Victor Oladipo (right knee).

 

But the bench of the Pacers was also really key.

 

With T.J. McConnell and JaKarr Sampson needed in the starting lineup, the Pacers still had 4 guys come off the bench and score at least 9 points.

 

Aaron Holiday hit 8-of-9 from the field, scoring 19 points and handing out 8 assists.

 

The Pacers shot 57 percent from the floor, outrebounded Chicago (46-36) and scored 34 more points in the paint (70-36).

 

Chicago guard Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 43 points. It was LaVine helping the Bulls cut a 16-point deficit down to 4 in the final few minutes.

 

But key buckets from Justin Holiday and T.J. Warren sealed the victory for Indiana.

 

Three Things Learned

-Myles Turner Steps Up: Friday night was one of the most the Pacers have ever had to lean on Myles Turner for his scoring. Turner delivered with 27 points and 14 rebounds against the Bulls. How Turner went about getting those 27 points was more of traditional center stat line. He made 10 shots from the field, 9 of those inside the arc, and was 6-of-6 from the foul line. With Domantas Sabonis out, Turner’s role in the starting lineup wasn’t mainly to space the floor and let Sabonis operate in the paint area. It was Turner doing nearly all of his work around the rim. It was a great night for the young center.

-Earning Reserve Roles: What a night for the reserves of the Pacers. You had JaKarr Sampson, Doug McDermott, Edmond Sumner, Goga Bitadze and Aaron Holiday all step up. While it was needed for the Pacers to earn the win on Friday, it was also key for several of those individuals moving forward. Outside of McDermott, none of those guys have an absolutely locked in spot in the rotation once Victor Oladipo returns and gets back to full speed. Minutes will need to be earned with Nate McMillan not wanting to play more than 9 or 10 guys. Holiday looked much more comfortable on Friday back coming off the bench, with T.J. McConnell getting his first start of the season.

-Thad Young Update: It’s been quite the change in environment and role for Thad Young with the Bulls. The 31-year-old forward hasn’t loved coming off the bench and playing just 22 minutes per game (he averages 30 minutes per game for his career). Now, Young’s name has been thrown around as a trade deadline candidate here over the next few weeks. You’d have to think Young would welcome that. While Young did a lot of really good things during his time with the Pacers, it was time for Indiana to move on and get a bit younger.  

 

Pacers Upcoming Schedule

-76ers 1/13 (Monday)

-at Timberwolves (Wednesday)

-Timberwolves (Friday)

-at Nuggets 1/19 (Sunday)

-at Jazz 1/20 (Monday)

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