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Oladipo scores 28, hot-shooting Pacers beat Jazz 109-94

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Offense trumped defense on a night when one of the NBA's most efficient offensive teams met one of the top defensive units.

Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers shot 54 percent from 3-point range in a 109-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday.

''Execution,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''We talked about establishing our pace, but controlling the tempo. We didn't want to get in an up-and-down game and allow the crowd to get into the game. Our guys did a nice job of taking opportunities early when we had them. And if we didn't, we made them defend and were able to execute and score.

''Guys have confidence. When we get good ball movement and we're sharing the ball, we shoot the ball a lot better.''

Oladipo got going late in the second quarter during a 15-2 run that gave Indiana a 14-point lead. Then his back-to-back buckets early in the third capped a 9-0 surge to push the advantage to 67-47. He also had six rebounds and six assists.

''Guys were getting wide-open shots,'' Oladipo said. ''Guys shooting the ball with confidence.

''Just ball movement, getting the right shot, making the right play. Most of all, defensively, making it tough on them.''

Domantas Sabonis finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young scored 17.

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 for the struggling Jazz, while Derrick Favors added 16 points and seven rebounds. Utah has lost 15 of 19.

''We're not playing with a lot of confidence on offense right now, both individually and collectively,'' coach Quin Snyder said. ''If that's the case, you can't force that. You just got to connect even more and, in some respects, it puts more pressure on your offense.

''But that pressure can't be felt by any one guy. It's got to be collective. When you turn the ball over, that's not confidence. That's just, we have to be more mentally tough.''

The Jazz put themselves in a hole with seven first-quarter turnovers, but rallied with a 14-0 spurt in the second to cut the deficit to 38-37. They never got that close again.

The Pacers were efficient on offense all night, shooting 53 percent from the field and 14 of 26 from 3-point territory. Indiana is 15-0 when shooting better than 50 percent.

''There were times we just didn't talk to each other and I think that's the biggest thing,'' Mitchell said about Utah's defense. ''We've got to be able to talk and communicate and understand.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana began the night ranked second in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 38.3 percent.

Jazz: Raul Neto returned from a 15-game absence due to a concussion and bruised left knee. ... Rudy Gobert went through an extensive workout with braces on both knees before the game. He's thought to be close to returning from a left PCL sprain and bone bruise.

TURNER OUT

Pacers center Myles Turner did not play due to a ligament sprain and muscle strain in his right elbow. He will not play the remaining three games of the road trip. The team lists him as week-to-week depending on how quickly Turner heals, but said he will not need surgery.

SEFOLOSHA'S STATUS

Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha has been diagnosed with a serious right knee sprain and wore a bulky brace before the game. The team has not announced a timeline for his return, but there are fears it could be a long-term injury.

QUOTABLE

''He's a very confident kid with a lot of talent,'' McMillan said of Oladipo. ''We knew that he had potential in making the move to trade him for Paul (George). He's showing pretty much what I think the league expected him to become. He's come out very aggressive this season. I think he feels he has something to prove to not only himself, but to the league.''

UP NEXT

Pacers: Travel to face Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Jazz: Travel to play Zach Randolph and the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
R. Hood
5 SG
28.4 Min. Per Game 28.4
16.5 Pts. Per Game 16.5
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
48.9 Field Goal % 40.4
48.9 Three Point % 40.2
78.9 Free Throw % 85.7
  Offensive rebound by Ekpe Udoh 0:20
+ 2 Ekpe Udoh made dunk 0:18
  Alec Burks missed floating jump shot 0:20
  Defensive rebound by Alec Burks 0:25
  Joe Young missed jump shot, blocked by Alec Burks 0:28
+ 1 Ekpe Udoh made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:44
  Team rebound 0:44
  Ekpe Udoh missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:44
  Shooting foul on Alex Poythress 0:44
  Defensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko 0:49
  Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:53
Team Stats
Points 109 94
Field Goals 41-77 (53.2%) 36-81 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 14-26 (53.8%) 9-33 (27.3%)
Free Throws 13-15 (86.7%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 45 42
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 35 29
Team 2 4
Assists 26 11
Steals 7 11
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 14 13
Fouls 18 12
Technicals 0 2
28 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
23 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Pacers 24-20 31272724109
home team logo Jazz 17-26 2126182994
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 24-20 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Jazz 17-26 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.7 APG 43.7 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 28 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
D. Mitchell SG 23 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
53.2 FG% 44.4
53.8 3PT FG% 27.3
86.7 FT% 76.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 34 28 6 6 2 0 1 3 9/16 5/8 5/6 0 6 47 +27
T. Young 35 17 4 2 0 2 2 0 7/10 3/4 0/0 1 3 25 +15
D. Sabonis 29 15 8 4 0 0 4 2 6/13 0/0 3/3 6 2 27 +11
B. Bogdanovic 27 10 4 2 1 0 1 1 3/7 2/5 2/3 0 4 18 +17
D. Collison 24 6 3 6 2 0 1 4 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 3 22 +13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 34 28 6 6 2 0 1 3 9/16 5/8 5/6 0 6 47 +27
T. Young 35 17 4 2 0 2 2 0 7/10 3/4 0/0 1 3 25 +15
D. Sabonis 29 15 8 4 0 0 4 2 6/13 0/0 3/3 6 2 27 +11
B. Bogdanovic 27 10 4 2 1 0 1 1 3/7 2/5 2/3 0 4 18 +17
D. Collison 24 6 3 6 2 0 1 4 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 3 22 +13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Joseph 29 15 2 3 2 0 2 2 5/7 2/3 3/3 0 2 23 +2
A. Jefferson 17 6 10 1 0 0 1 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 9 17 +7
J. Young 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 1 6 -1
L. Stephenson 19 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 8 -10
T. Leaf 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 6 0
A. Poythress 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
I. Anigbogu 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 109 43 26 7 2 14 18 41/77 14/26 13/15 8 35 199 +75
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 32 23 2 2 2 0 1 0 8/16 2/8 5/5 1 1 30 -18
D. Favors 29 16 7 0 3 2 2 2 8/12 0/1 0/1 4 3 26 -30
J. Jerebko 21 8 5 2 0 0 0 2 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 5 17 -2
R. Rubio 22 2 5 0 2 0 2 2 1/7 0/1 0/0 0 5 7 -13
J. Ingles 20 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 32 23 2 2 2 0 1 0 8/16 2/8 5/5 1 1 30 -18
D. Favors 29 16 7 0 3 2 2 2 8/12 0/1 0/1 4 3 26 -30
J. Jerebko 21 8 5 2 0 0 0 2 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 5 17 -2
R. Rubio 22 2 5 0 2 0 2 2 1/7 0/1 0/0 0 5 7 -13
J. Ingles 20 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 21 15 2 0 0 0 2 1 6/14 2/6 1/1 0 2 15 -9
E. Udoh 18 8 5 0 3 4 0 1 3/3 0/0 2/4 3 2 20 +15
R. O'Neale 21 7 5 1 0 0 2 2 2/7 1/4 2/3 0 5 12 +5
A. Burks 14 5 4 1 0 1 0 0 2/7 1/4 0/0 1 3 12 +6
R. Neto 11 5 0 3 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/2 2/2 0 0 10 +4
J. Johnson 26 5 3 1 0 0 1 1 2/4 0/2 1/1 0 3 9 -13
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 94 38 11 11 7 13 12 36/81 9/33 13/17 9 29 159 -75