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Balanced scoring carries Pacers past short-handed Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Indiana’s balanced scoring was too much for a makeshift Memphis Grizzlies lineup.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis added 18 and the Pacers beat the depleted Grizzlies 117-104 on Monday night.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Pacers, including Myles Turner with 17 points. Jeremy Lamb and reserve Justin Holiday had 15 apiece, with Holiday missing only one of his six 3-point attempts.

Holiday said “I think guys are just ready, and when they get their chance” they seize the moment.

“It’s a testament to moving the ball, just playing together on both ends,” Lamb added.

Ball movement has become the key for the Pacers, who have won six of seven. Their passing and cutting provided open shots, and Indiana capitalized by shooting 50% from the field and hitting 16 of 38 3-pointers (42%).

“You move the ball to the open man and you’re going to shoot a high percentage,” coach Nate McMillan said.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with a season-high 31 points. Solomon Hill moved into the starting lineup and added 22, also a season best. Dillon Brooks finished with 19 on 7-of-16 shooting.

The Grizzlies were short-handed as four players - all key parts of the rotation - sat out with various ailments. That left the reserves trying to play with any kind of rhythm.

For the most part it was unsuccessful, but first-year Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said he was still proud of the effort, adding “there’s no excuses.”

“We could have come out super flat,” Jenkins said. “I know our offense wasn’t where it could have been, missing some shots, layups, 3s, but we competed.”

For McMillan, the key to Indiana’s recent success has been unselfish play.

“I just like the fact that we’re moving the ball,” he said. “We’re sharing the ball, getting the ball to the open man. Normally, when you play that way good things happen.”

TIP-INS

Pacers: Defeated Memphis 126-114 last Monday. ... Sabonis has reached double figures in all 18 games he’s played this season. He also had 14 rebounds in his 15th double-double of the season. … T.J. Warren was held to 14 points, all in the first half. He had at least 23 in three of his previous four games.

Grizzlies: Played without both their first-round rookies. G Ja Morant is nursing a sore back sustained in last Monday’s loss at Indiana, and F Brandon Clarke is dealing with left hip soreness. Meanwhile, forward Kyle Anderson also sat out with right heel soreness. C Jonas Valančiūnas was out with an illness. … Tyus Jones started in Morant’s place, and Hill replaced Valančiūnas. It was Hill’s first start of the season.

MELTON EMERGES

Memphis reserve guard De’Anthony Melton benefited from the absence of other rotation players, playing a season high in minutes (just under 25) and scoring a season-best 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Some think Melton should be getting more playing time, and his performance against the Pacers seemed to bode well.

“Loved it,” Jenkins said, later adding: “If he keeps having the simple mentality on defense and offense and keeps his game plan pretty simple for himself, I think he could have a really bright future.”

LEARNING FROM INJURIES

With key players out, Memphis can learn something from the Pacers about how the absences can help create a balanced team. Indiana has had its share of injuries, including guard Victor Oladipo, who is rehabbing a right knee injury. Lamb has missed nine games, while Turner has sat out six.

“I feel like when a lot of people were injured, a lot of people were able to step up and get some playing time,” Lamb said. “We really saw what we had and it made us a better team. You don’t always see that going through it, but now we see it has made us a better team.”

UP NEXT

Pacers: Travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Wednesday night.

Grizzlies: Play at Chicago on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
D. Sabonis
11 PF
J. Jackson Jr.
13 PF
26.3 Min. Per Game 26.3
14.9 Pts. Per Game 14.9
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
51.2 Field Goal % 46.2
51.0 Three Point % 44.8
80.2 Free Throw % 83.0
+ 3 Solomon Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Anthony Melton 0:23
+ 3 Aaron Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by T.J. Warren 0:31
  Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren 0:48
  De'Anthony Melton missed floating jump shot 0:52
+ 1 Myles Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:59
+ 1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 0:59
  Personal foul on De'Anthony Melton 0:59
+ 2 De'Anthony Melton made dunk 1:05
  Offensive rebound by De'Anthony Melton 1:05
  Tyus Jones missed finger-roll layup 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Tyus Jones 1:09
Team Stats
Points 117 104
Field Goals 44-88 (50.0%) 38-89 (42.7%)
3-Pointers 16-38 (42.1%) 10-38 (26.3%)
Free Throws 13-15 (86.7%) 18-19 (94.7%)
Total Rebounds 53 45
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 36 30
Team 9 7
Assists 31 23
Steals 4 5
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 15 11
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 3
18 PTS, 14 REB, 8 AST
31 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Pacers 13-7 24332832117
home team logo Grizzlies 6-14 19282631104
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 13-7 109.3 PPG 44.2 RPG 24.6 APG
home team logo Grizzlies 6-14 109.0 PPG 45 RPG 26.3 APG
Key Players
M. Brogdon PG 19.5 PPG 4.5 RPG 7.5 APG 47.7 FG%
J. Jackson Jr. PF 16.5 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.5 APG 45.7 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Brogdon PG 19 PTS 6 REB 9 AST
J. Jackson Jr. PF 31 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
50.0 FG% 42.7
42.1 3PT FG% 26.3
86.7 FT% 94.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Brogdon 19 6 9 7/13 2/5 3/4 2 32 0 0 3 2 4 +18 40
D. Sabonis 18 14 8 9/18 0/1 0/0 6 29 0 0 3 4 10 +13 45
M. Turner 17 6 2 5/11 1/5 6/7 3 30 1 1 0 2 4 +15 29
J. Lamb 15 7 3 6/11 1/4 2/2 1 32 2 0 2 0 7 +18 28
T. Warren 14 2 2 5/9 4/6 0/0 5 24 1 0 1 0 2 +17 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Brogdon 19 6 9 7/13 2/5 3/4 2 32 0 0 3 2 4 +18 40
D. Sabonis 18 14 8 9/18 0/1 0/0 6 29 0 0 3 4 10 +13 45
M. Turner 17 6 2 5/11 1/5 6/7 3 30 1 1 0 2 4 +15 29
J. Lamb 15 7 3 6/11 1/4 2/2 1 32 2 0 2 0 7 +18 28
T. Warren 14 2 2 5/9 4/6 0/0 5 24 1 0 1 0 2 +17 20
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 15 3 1 5/7 5/6 0/0 1 29 0 0 2 0 3 +7 18
A. Holiday 11 1 2 4/11 3/9 0/0 0 21 0 1 1 0 1 -1 16
D. McDermott 4 3 1 1/4 0/2 2/2 2 20 0 0 0 0 3 +1 9
T. McConnell 4 2 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 15 0 0 2 0 2 -5 10
A. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
G. Bitadze 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 -15 -1
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Oladipo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bowen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 117 44 31 44/88 16/38 13/15 22 235 4 2 15 8 36 +65 214
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Jackson Jr. 31 4 2 10/19 2/8 9/9 5 33 1 2 2 1 3 -14 40
S. Hill 22 6 2 9/14 4/6 0/0 2 33 3 0 2 1 5 +2 33
D. Brooks 19 7 2 7/16 2/6 3/4 6 30 1 0 1 2 5 -6 30
J. Crowder 3 4 1 1/9 0/7 1/1 1 29 0 1 1 1 3 -21 9
T. Jones 2 3 6 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 30 0 1 0 0 3 -13 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Jackson Jr. 31 4 2 10/19 2/8 9/9 5 33 1 2 2 1 3 -14 40
S. Hill 22 6 2 9/14 4/6 0/0 2 33 3 0 2 1 5 +2 33
D. Brooks 19 7 2 7/16 2/6 3/4 6 30 1 0 1 2 5 -6 30
J. Crowder 3 4 1 1/9 0/7 1/1 1 29 0 1 1 1 3 -21 9
T. Jones 2 3 6 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 30 0 1 0 0 3 -13 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Melton 16 9 4 6/10 1/2 3/3 3 24 0 0 2 3 6 0 31
G. Allen 6 2 3 2/6 0/1 2/2 0 27 0 0 1 0 2 -12 13
M. Guduric 3 3 2 1/5 1/5 0/0 1 16 0 1 1 0 3 -2 10
B. Caboclo 2 0 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 14 0 1 1 0 0 +1 4
J. Valanciunas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Clarke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Konchar - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Iguodala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 38 23 38/89 10/38 18/19 20 236 5 6 11 8 30 -65 188