Sabonis scores 20 points, Pacers beat Trail Blazers, 106-100

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Sabonis scores 20 points, Pacers beat Trail Blazers, 106-100

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis, left, looks to pass around Portland Trail Blazers center Moses Brown during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 106-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds while T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo scored 15 points each for the Pacers, who have four of their last five.

CJ McCollum had 28 points and eight assists, Gary Trent Jr. had 20 points and five rebounds, and Hassan Whiteside had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have lost five of six.

The Pacers were able to hold off the Blazers’ late push.

After Brogdon made a jumper to give Indiana a 103-93 lead with 1:54 remaining, Portland went on a 7-0 run. McCollum’s floater made it 103-100 with 30 seconds to go.

Myles Turner drilled a 3-pointer with 9 seconds remaining to seal it.

The Trail Blazers went on a 10-1 run late in the first half to push ahead.

McCollum made a 3-pointer to give Portland a 42-40 lead with 3:13 to go in the second quarter. After a free throw by Oladipo, McCollum made another 3 and then a fadeaway to put the Trail Blazers in front 47-41.

Portland led 49-43 at halftime.


Trail Blazers: Carmelo Anthony had 12 points and seven rebounds. … McCollum was 3 of 12 from 3-point range. … G Damian Lillard missed a fourth straight game with a right groin strain.

Pacers: Turner had 14 points and 10 rebounds. … Oladipo finished with seven rebounds. … Indiana went 18 of 23 (78.3%) from the free-throw line. … G Edmond Sumner was out with a sore left hip.


Trail Blazers: At Atlanta on Saturday for the second of a three-game trip.

Pacers: At Cleveland on Saturday for the opener of a five-game trip.

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