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Pacers Stave Off Grizzlies, Win Third Straight Game

INDIANAPOLIS – It was sloppy. It was sluggish. The Memphis Grizzlies (18-32) never seemed to go away. But the Indiana Pacers (29-23) figured it out.

Indy didn’t play their best game, and nearly coughed up the lead in the contest’s final minutes, but the Blue and Gold survived for a 105-101 win over Memphis. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 21 points, his highest scoring output since Nov. 27, including three free throws with less than a second remaining to ice the victory for Indiana.

The first half of Wednesday’s clash was pretty even, with the Grizzlies ahead by four after one and the Pacers on top by two by the half.

Myles Turner, back in the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 8, made an impact early. Turner quickly scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds in the first quarter, a frame in which Victor Oladipo did not score.

Memphis led 25-21 going into the second, but the Pacers ended up with a 55-53 halftime edge. It was a 34-point second period for Indy, as the home team took the lead into the break.

The Grizzlies briefly went back in front at the start of the third quarter, but three consecutive Indiana possessions with a three-point basket made shot the Blue and Gold back ahead. A 7-1 run to end the third left the Pacers with a 84-75 advantage after three.

Indy just couldn’t put Memphis away, though.

The Grizzlies continuously chipped away at their deficit, pulling within two points on a few different occasions throughout the final frame. Finally, with just 1:57 to play, Wayne Seldon knocked down a triple to give Memphis a 101-100 lead. It was their first lead of the second half.

Indiana remained down by a point until the 34.2 second mark of the quarter, when Turner brought down a rebound and swished a pair of free throws to put the home team up again.

Memphis had a couple of looks at a winning hoop, but could not get anything to go down. Marc Gasol misfired on a turnaround jumper, but the Grizzlies corralled the offensive rebound and reset for another chance. Seldon ended up racing to the basket against Cory Joseph, but his shot attempt did not fall and Bogdanovic came up with the rebound with 0.7 seconds to play.

During a replay review of the play, Seldon was charged with a technical foul and was ejected for heavily arguing with officials. The technical foul wiped away any sliver of hope Memphis had, as Bogdanovic nailed the technical free throw and then calmly hit two more to make it a four-point game and wrap up the win for the Pacers.

Indiana will next be in action on Friday in Charlotte. Game time versus the Hornets, who the Pacers just defeated on Monday, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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