Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
    View Today
    Mon, Dec 6

    Domantas Sabonis dominates in Pacers win vs Blazers as Nurkic fractures wrist

    Jan 15, 2021
    Domantas Sabonis tries to get a pass around Jusuf Nurkic.
    PHOTO: AP

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Portland Trail Blazers 111-87 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Malcolm Brogdon added 25 points and seven assists for the Pacers, who improved to 4-1 on the road this season and snapped an 11-game losing streak in Portland. Indiana led by 25 in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

    Malcolm Brogdon tries to get past Derrick Jones Jr.

    Continue reading below ↓

    CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard each scored 22 for Portland. The loss was costly: During the third quarter, center Jusuf Nurkic left the court holding his right wrist and the Blazers later announced he had sustained a fracture.

    Continue reading below ↓
    Recommended Videos

    The Trail Blazers (7-5) were playing the second of a back-to-back after winning in Sacramento 132-126 on Wednesday night. Lillard had a season-high 40 points and Portland tied a franchise record with 23 3-pointers in that one.

    The Blazers lead the NBA in 3s but they were off against the Pacers, making just 13 of 43 (30.2%).

    The Pacers (8-4) were coming off a 104-95 road victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night, when Myles Turner had a season-best 22 points. He finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Blazers, along with four blocks.

    The Pacers traded Victor Oladipo to the Rockets as part of the four-team blockbuster Thursday that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn. Indiana got guard Caris LeVert from the Nets and a draft pick in the deal.

    SEE ALSO
    SEE ALSO

    Indiana led by six in the opening quarter, but the score was tied at 26 going into the second. A 12-0 run capped by Doug McDermott's layup put the Pacers up 40-28.

    Indiana extended its lead to 25 before going into halftime up 59-36. The Pacers outscored the Blazers 33-10 in the second period.

    Portland was hurt in the third when Nurkic headed to the locker room after appearing to injure his right hand. The Blazers announced he fractured his wrist, but additional details were not available.

    But the Blazers chipped away at Indiana's lead, pulling to 82-71 late in the quarter on Carmelo Anthony's 3-pointer.

    TIP-INS

    Pacers: Sabonis has 107 double-doubles with the Pacers, one shy of tying Roy Hibbert for seventh in team history.

    Trail Blazers: Portland's 10 points in the second quarter were a season low.

    UP NEXT

    The Pacers were scheduled to play the Suns in Phoenix on Saturday, but that game was postponed because of COVID-19 protocols. Indiana's next game is at the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

    Continue reading below ↓

    The Trail Blazers host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
    ___

    For more NBA updates, click here.

    Read Next
    Sorry, no results found for
    Domantas Sabonis tries to get a pass around Jusuf Nurkic.
    PHOTO: AP
  • POLL

    • Quiz

      Quiz Result