It was a slow start to the season for the Pacers. It took four minutes for the Pacers to get the lid off the basket and score their first points of the year. They trailed the rest of the 1st quarter. Edmond Sumner was the first guy off the bench for Indiana and he was just the spark-plug they needed. The Pacers had an impressive 2nd quarter and led by 1 at halftime. That momentum continued in the 3rd quarter and the Pacers led by 3 heading into the 4th quarter. Detroit dominated the 4th behind their big man Andre Drummond and shooting guard Luke Kennard. Kennard came off the bench and finished with a career high 30 points. The Pacers lost by a final score of 110-119. Drummond led the game in scoring and in rebounds finishing the game with 32 points and 23 rebounds. The Pacers big men were impressive. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers in scoring and rebounds with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Myles Turner finished with 25 points and Malcolm Brogdon had an impressive debut with the Pacers, he scored 22 points and added 11 assists.
Game 2: Pacers (0-1) at Cavaliers (0-1)
The slow start to the season continued for the Pacers. They were without Jeremy Lamb in this one. Lamb missed the game due to a hip injury. He was replaced by Edmond Sumner in the starting lineup. The Pacers started the game strong and led 28-26 after the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter for the Pacers was about as bad as it gets. The Pacers were outscored 20-39 and trailed by a score of 48-65 at halftime. The Pacers would actually win both the 3rd and 4th quarters but that 2nd quarter was too much to overcome. Indiana takes their second loss of the season by a score of 99-110. Malcolm Brogdon continued to be impressive for the Pacers. He led all scorers with 30 points and added 10 assists as well. He’s had a double-double in his first two games with the Pacers. Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love were dominant for the Cavaliers. Thompson led Cleveland in scoring with 25 points and also had 13 rebounds. Kevin Love just missed a triple double, he had 21 points 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
This week for the Pacers:
- Monday October 28th – @ Detroit
- Wednesday October 30th – @ Brooklyn
- Friday November 1st – vs. Cleveland
- Sunday November 3rd – Chicago