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Oladipo scores career-high 47 as Pacers beat Nuggets in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo is enjoying his return to Indiana.

Oladipo, who starred in college at Indiana University, had a career-high 47 points and added seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Pacers to a 126-116 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

The Pacers trailed 114-106 with 2:54 remaining in the fourth before scoring eight straight points, capped by Thad Young's putback with 5 seconds left to tie it. Then, Indiana got the first nine points in overtime to secure its fourth straight win - all at home - while outscoring the Nuggets 12-2 in the extra period.

''These fans are incredible. It's like I never left,'' Oladipo said. ''In college it was the same way. It's pretty awesome to play in front of them.''

On a night where most will remember all the baskets Oladipo made, the most crucial of his plays came with his drive to the basket with 7 seconds left that pulled defenders away from the rim and allowed Young to tip in his miss.

''(Victor) drove to the basket, got guys to bite and commit and I was just in position to get the rebound,'' Young said. ''We started to pressure up (in overtime) and started to get back to Pacers basketball.''

Myles Turner finished with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Lance Stephenson had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers.

Oladipo's made six 3-pointers with the biggest coming with 2:10 to play in the third quarter to give Indiana its first lead of the game.

After the final buzzer, Oladipo walked to mid-court, standing along the sideline passing out high-fives to Pacers fans who found little optimism less than six months ago when Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Domantas Sabonis and Oladipo. Averaging just over 24 points per game, Oladipo now has his career high in points while wearing an Indiana uniform.

''The players in this locker room have been phenomenal,'' Oladipo said. ''They just make the game easier for me.''

Wilson Chandler keyed a hot start for Denver by scoring eight of the Nuggets' first 10 points on the way to a 35-22 lead heading into the second quarter. And that deficit grew. Indiana trailed by as many as 19 in the second quarter after a slow start on offense. But the key moment of the game came near the end of the first half when the Pacers hit their stride, climbing back into the game with a 21-8 scoring run to head into halftime trailing 66-59.

Trey Lyles led the Nuggets with a career-high 25 points, Gary Harris and Will Barton each had 21 points, and Chandler finished with 18.

''They're a very good basketball team,'' Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. ''We had our chance to close the game out in regulation, and they closed it out on an 8-0 run. Oladipo is a great player, but I am very proud of the way my guys played tonight, how we competed, and how we gave ourselves a chance to win on the road.''

HOMECOMING

Oladipo scored 20 points or more in 19 of Indiana's 26 games this season, with his latest effort marking the 18th time he has led the Pacers in scoring.

FAMILIAR FACES

Lyles and Harris are two of the most recent well-known Indiana prep stars to make it to the NBA. Lyles (Arsenal Tech High School) and Harris (Hamilton Southeastern High School) made what will be their only trip back to Indianapolis this season. Harris (Michigan State) and Lyles (Kentucky) were highly sought after recruits during their time in high school with Lyles winning a state championship his senior year. On Sunday night the two combined for 46 points.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Paul Millsap (left wrist) and Nikola Jokic (left ankle) were held out of Sunday's game. ... Denver is now 3-10 on the road. . Denver's 19-point lead marks the largest blown lead in a loss by the Nuggets this season. ... Denver's 66 points at halftime were the most first-half points scored against the Pacers this season.

Pacers: Darren Collison missed Sunday's game due to a sore left knee. ... Since snapping a four-game losing streak Nov.10, the Pacers are 11-4. ... When the Nuggets host the Pacers on April 3, Indiana will try to win in Denver for the first time since 2007. The Pacers have lost eight-straight road games against the Nuggets (seven in Denver, one in London).

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At Detroit on Tuesday

Pacers: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, when former Pacers forward Paul George is set to make his first return to Indianapolis.

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Key Players
W. Barton
5 SG
V. Oladipo
4 SG
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
47.1 Field Goal % 48.5
47.1 Three Point % 48.2
70.9 Free Throw % 77.3
+ 2 Kenneth Faried made reverse layup, assist by Will Barton 0:13
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made free throw 0:25
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:25
  Personal foul on Lance Stephenson 0:25
  Offensive rebound by Kenneth Faried 0:35
  Kenneth Faried missed dunk, blocked by Myles Turner 0:37
  Offensive rebound by Kenneth Faried 0:38
  Gary Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:42
  Offensive rebound by Gary Harris 0:46
  Wilson Chandler missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
+ 2 Myles Turner made jump shot 1:04
Team Stats
Points 116 126
Field Goals 43-95 (45.3%) 49-93 (52.7%)
3-Pointers 17-42 (40.5%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 13-16 (81.3%) 18-22 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 58 45
Offensive 19 11
Defensive 28 29
Team 11 5
Assists 24 24
Steals 7 6
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 21 11
Fouls 20 17
Technicals 2 0
21 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST
47 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 14-12 353122262116
home team logo Pacers 16-11 2237312412126
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 14-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 16-11 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
T. Lyles PF 9.9 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.2 APG 49.1 FG%
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Lyles PF 25 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
V. Oladipo SG 47 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
45.3 FG% 52.7
40.5 3PT FG% 40.0
81.3 FT% 81.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 44 21 6 9 2 0 1 2 8/19 3/8 2/2 2 4 46 -14
G. Harris 44 21 5 2 0 0 4 4 8/18 3/10 2/2 3 2 26 -14
W. Chandler 37 18 8 1 1 1 2 2 7/16 3/9 1/1 2 6 28 -20
J. Murray 26 13 1 1 1 1 1 1 4/7 2/4 3/3 0 1 17 +6
M. Plumlee 20 7 9 3 1 1 2 2 3/6 0/0 1/4 3 6 22 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 44 21 6 9 2 0 1 2 8/19 3/8 2/2 2 4 46 -14
G. Harris 44 21 5 2 0 0 4 4 8/18 3/10 2/2 3 2 26 -14
W. Chandler 37 18 8 1 1 1 2 2 7/16 3/9 1/1 2 6 28 -20
J. Murray 26 13 1 1 1 1 1 1 4/7 2/4 3/3 0 1 17 +6
M. Plumlee 20 7 9 3 1 1 2 2 3/6 0/0 1/4 3 6 22 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Lyles 26 25 5 0 1 0 2 3 9/15 5/7 2/2 2 3 29 -4
K. Faried 32 4 11 3 1 1 4 5 2/5 0/0 0/0 6 5 19 -7
M. Beasley 16 4 1 1 0 1 1 1 1/5 0/3 2/2 1 0 7 +8
E. Mudiay 15 3 1 4 0 0 4 0 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 1 8 -2
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Jokic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 116 47 24 7 5 21 20 43/95 17/42 13/16 19 28 202 -50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 45 47 7 6 2 1 4 1 15/28 6/12 11/13 1 6 65 +12
M. Turner 40 24 8 3 2 1 0 0 10/15 2/3 2/4 1 7 41 +18
T. Young 39 18 6 0 1 0 0 3 8/11 2/3 0/0 2 4 25 +12
B. Bogdanovic 35 7 3 2 0 0 1 3 2/8 0/4 3/3 0 3 13 +16
C. Joseph 31 2 3 5 0 0 1 1 1/7 0/2 0/0 1 2 14 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 45 47 7 6 2 1 4 1 15/28 6/12 11/13 1 6 65 +12
M. Turner 40 24 8 3 2 1 0 0 10/15 2/3 2/4 1 7 41 +18
T. Young 39 18 6 0 1 0 0 3 8/11 2/3 0/0 2 4 25 +12
B. Bogdanovic 35 7 3 2 0 0 1 3 2/8 0/4 3/3 0 3 13 +16
C. Joseph 31 2 3 5 0 0 1 1 1/7 0/2 0/0 1 2 14 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 19 14 4 2 1 0 1 4 6/10 0/0 2/2 2 2 22 -4
L. Stephenson 35 12 6 6 0 0 2 2 6/11 0/1 0/0 2 4 28 +10
J. Young 12 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 +1
T. Leaf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -6
D. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 126 40 24 6 2 11 17 49/93 10/25 18/22 11 29 211 +50