Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020...
Budenholzer voted by NBA’s coaches as best this season
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer has won this season's coach of the year award, presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association.
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Pacers aren't interested in talking about the past as they prepare to tip off their first-round playoff matchup.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Indiana Pacers' final playoff warmup generated a rare triple dose of good news — rest for the starters, valuable experience for the backups and a win for all.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis gave the Indiana Pacers exactly what they needed Monday night.
They fought for position, repeatedly challenged Andre Drummond in the...
Bogdanovic scores 35, Pacers blow out Nuggets 124-88
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic got the hard work out of the way early and watched the fourth quarter from the bench.
Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half, and the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darren Collision will miss his first game of the season for the Indiana Pacers because of a right quad contusion.
The guard had started all 71 games until sitting out...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers needed some experienced hands to get them out of a tough spot Tuesday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic started making shots. Thaddeus Young did the dirty work...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The short-handed Indiana Pacers overcame the absence of two keys players — and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns' fast start.
Matthews fuels rally, Pacers beat Pelicans 126-111
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out, new addition Wesley Matthews has helped the Indiana Pacers adapt.
Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during a third-quarter rally...
Matthews makes big 1st impression in Pacers win over Hornets
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers signed Wesley Matthews to make a difference.
They didn't necessarily expect it show up in his debut.
Just two days after clearing waivers, the veteran guard scored eight points, had five rebounds and three assists and beat the shot-clock buzzer with the biggest basket of the game — a 28-footer to help put away the Charlotte Hornets 99-90. The Pacers have won six straight — all without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.
Bogdanovic scores 29, Pacers beat short-handed Clippers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have found their rhythm even after losing Victor Oladipo.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 29 points and seven rebounds, and the Pacers beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 116-92 on Thursday night.
Collison lifts Pacers over Pelicans, 109-107
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Darren Collison came through with the kind of late-game heroics fans in New Orleans hoped to see when they welcomed him to the Big Easy as a 2009 first-round draft choice.
All the more reason for the Indiana Pacers to be glad Collison plays for them now.
Collison scored 22 points, highlighted by his 3-pointer and 20-foot jumper over 6-foot-11 center Jahlil Okafor during the final two minutes, and the Pacers held off the depleted Pelicans 109-107 on Monday night.
Pacers beat Raptors after losing Oladipo with knee injury
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A promising season for the Indiana Pacers was instantly transformed when Victor Oladipo's leg buckled and he fell to the floor in pain.
Indiana showed earlier this season it can win without the All-Star guard, at least in the short term. Now, the third-best team in the Eastern Conference may have to push ahead without him for a much longer stretch.
Pacers keep rolling with 120-95 victory over Hornets
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darren Collison threw the early scoring punches. Victor Oladipo delivered the decisive second-half flurry.
Together, the Indiana Pacers' starting guards were a knockout combination.
Oladipo scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, Collison finished with 19 points and nine assists and surging Indiana pulled away from the Charlotte Hornets 120-95 on Sunday for their fourth win in five games.
Pacers send Cavaliers to 10th straight loss 123-115
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indiana Pacers found plenty to be displeased about after a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Pacers were upset that they had to make several plays in the closing minutes to hold off Cleveland 123-115 and send the Cavaliers to their 10th straight loss.
Indiana led 38-14 late in the first quarter and was ahead by 23 points in the third against the team with the worst record in the league. But the game got close down the stretch.
Young, Sabonis, Evans power Pacers past Hawks 129-121
ATLANTA (AP) — Victor Oladipo loves it when Indiana gets so many players involved in the offense.
Thaddeus Young scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each added 19, and the Pacers won their third straight game with a 129-121 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
"Everybody was scoring," Oladipo said. "We had very balanced scoring tonight. We just to have to continue getting better every game."
Oladipo helps Pacers end Nets’ 7-game win streak, 114-106
NEW YORK (AP) — After winning seven straight, Indiana head coach Nate McMillan noticed his team was developing some bad tendencies in their late-game execution.
The Pacers gave up a buzzer-beating tip-in basket in Tuesday night's one-point loss to Cleveland. The following night, they squandered a 17-point lead in a tough loss at Toronto.
Star guard Victor Oladipo then changed things around in a six-minute span in Brooklyn on Friday night.
Pacers spoil Embiid’s 40-point night, beat Sixers 113-101
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits.
For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers who made the most emphatic statement.
Antetokounmpo, Oladipo expected back for Bucks-Pacers game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers will both be at full strength Wednesday night when All-Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo return to the court.
Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee's star forward, sat out Monday's game with neck soreness. Coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects the Eastern Conference's leading scorer to start. Antetokounmpo averages 26.5 points.
Oladipo, the Pacers' star guard, returns after missing 11 consecutive games with soreness in his right knee.
Bojan Bogdanovic scores 26 points, Pacers beat Magic 112-90
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Indiana Pacers left a lot better after playing the Orlando Magic.
The Pacers routed the Magic 112-90 behind 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic and 15 points from reserve guard Cory Joseph.
They also overcame a bout with food poisoning that kept top reserve Domantas Sabonis out of the game and affected several players and coach Nate McMillan. None of it showed as Indiana beat Orlando for the eight straight time and 15th time in the last 16 meetings.
Bogdanovic’s 3 helps Pacers escape with win in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — A night after their biggest road blowout victory in 22 years, the Indiana Pacers had to go down to the wire against the Phoenix Suns.
Long-range shooting touch pulled the Pacers through.
Bojan Bogdanovic sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds to play and the Pacers escaped with a 109-104 victory over the Suns on Tuesday night.
The Pacers, coming off 121-88 victory at Utah the previous night, had their hands full in a tight fourth quarter against a 4-15 Suns team.
Pacers hit all right notes in 121-94 blowout over Jazz
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers coach Nate McMillan saw exactly what he wanted Monday night.
Big men Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner showed off their strength. Bojan Bogdanovic knocked down shots from the perimeter. Indiana shared the ball and played defense.
Bogdanovic scores 22 points, Pacers hold off Hawks 97-89
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With All-Star Victor Oladipo out for most of the game, the Pacers relied on a veteran and a rookie to put away the Hawks.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, hitting a late 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to seal the win, as Indiana beat Atlanta 97-89 on Saturday night.
"Bogey is always aggressive," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "He's looking to attack. Tonight, in the second half of the fourth quarter, he really made some big shots."
Evans scores 23 points to lead Pacers past Heat 99-91
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tyreke Evans came off the bench and provided the spark that Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan knew he was capable of.
Evans hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points in leading the Pacers to a 99-91 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
"When I come in with the second unit, I have to bring it," Evans said. "I was just being aggressive, making the right pass, taking the open 3 and attacking the glass. I wasn't thinking or second guessing."
Pacers finish with a flourish, run past Heat 110-102
MIAMI (AP) — Winning on the road is supposed to be the tough part.
Not so for these Indiana Pacers.
Victor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic put Indiana ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining and the Pacers beat the Miami Heat 110-102 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive road victory.
Indiana closed on a 16-2 run, the last 12 of those unanswered.
Bogdanovic scores 19 points, Pacers rout Grizzlies 111-83
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan kept asking his team to focus on defense and rebounding during the offseason.
He witnessed the results of both Wednesday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points, Victor Oladipo added 16 and the Pacer blew past the Memphis Grizzlies for a 111-83 victory — the largest opening-night victory margin in the Pacers' NBA era. The previous mark of 27 was set against the then New Jersey Nets in 1985.
Kerr, Wright, McMillan to be US basketball assistant coaches
Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich's staff.
Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, USA Basketball announced Thursday.
The trio of coaches will work with Popovich in the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics, assuming the Americans qualify for both events.
Pacers relying on chemistry, upgrades to challenge in East
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star guard Victor Oladipo promised to spend the offseason becoming a better all-around player.
Promising young center Myles Turner beefed up, fine-tuned his defense and worked on his flexibility. Darren Collison, the NBA's 3-point percentage champ, continued working on his shooting touch, and the Indiana Pacers added depth to improve their chances of winning an NBA title.
Indiana Pacer sign coach Nate McMillan to multiyear deal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have signed coach Nate McMillan to a multi-year contract extension.
McMillan will enter his third season as Indiana's head coach after serving as the associate head coach for three seasons under Frank Vogel. Terms of his deal were not announced Tuesday.
Pacers lose Collison for 2-3 weeks with knee injury
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers will be without Darren Collison for two to three weeks after he arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Coach Nate McMillan made the announcement before the start of Monday night's game against Washington.
McMillan said Collison suffered the injury during Saturday's victory over Philadelphia. A subsequent MRI showed he needed surgery, and McMillan says the Pace hope to get Collison back shortly after the All-Star break.
Oladipo’s 19 leads Pacers, snapping Spurs’ home streak
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Indiana made itself at home at an arena that's rarely hospitable to visiting teams.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday night, snapping the Spurs' 14-game home winning streak.
San Antonio lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.
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.
Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — There are some NBA games that are over shortly after they began.
The Indiana Pacers' 120-97 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night was one of them.
Darren Collison had 19 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers jumped on the Suns early and never let up.
Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers 97-95
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan went small Friday night, Lance Stephenson came up big.
He baited LeBron James into a late technical foul. He made play after play down the stretch and when the game was over the Pacers' showman was celebrating.
Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana erase a 22-point, first-half deficit and beat Cleveland 97-95. It's the Pacers' third win this season over the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs.
Pacers become talk of the town with surprising 1st half
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers are playing harder, moving the ball faster and winning more games than most people anticipated.
Fans in this basketball-crazed state expect nothing less from their favorite teams. Around the league, though, the Pacers might be the biggest surprise of the first half of the season.
Pacers change directions by rolling past Bucks 109-96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan challenged his team to play more aggressive defense.
On Monday night, the Pacers showed just how good they could be.
Indiana seized control early by forcing 13 turnovers in the first 17 minutes, built a 29-point lead and never allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to make a serious run over the final 42 minutes of a 109-96 victory.
"I thought we came out defensively and challenged every catch," McMillan said. "We had better pressure defensively."
Pacers G Oladipo sidelined by right knee injury
CHICAGO (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has been ruled out for the second straight game because of a sore right knee.
Oladipo started each of Indiana's first 33 games before he missed Wednesday night's 98-94 loss to lowly Dallas. Coach Nate McMillan says he also will miss Friday night's game at Chicago, and calls him "doubtful" for Sunday's matchup with Minnesota.
McMillan says Oladipo "needs to rest the knee and we have to give him some time here."
Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers over Nets 109-97
NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan came into the season trying to figure out just what kind of contribution he would get from Victor Oladipo after he arrived in a trade for one the NBA's best two-way players in Paul George.
The second overall pick in the 2013 draft has met McMillan's expectations after spending the previous two seasons in Orlando and Oklahoma City.
DeMar DeRozan scores 26 points, Raptors top Pacers 120-115
TORONTO (AP) — With a season-high 70 points in the paint, the Toronto Raptors brushed off the Indiana Pacers for their sixth straight home victory.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Jakob Poeltl made all eight of his field goal attempts and had a career-high 18 points and the Raptors beat the Pacers 120-115 on Friday night.
"We came out extremely aggressive, attacking," DeRozan said. "Everybody was in attack mode."
James Harden has 29, Rockets down Pacers 118-97
HOUSTON (AP) — After losing just one game in November the Houston Rockets are feeling pretty good about where they are.
But James Harden says the best part about how well they're playing is that they can be much better.
"We're never satisfied," he said. "We have a long way to go."
Harden had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and the Rockets rolled past the Indiana Pacers 118-97 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic 121-109
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Victor Oladipo was asked about his return to the lineup after missing Indiana's previous game, he couldn't describe how tormenting it was to watch from the sidelines with a bruised right knee.
So, when Oladipo was cleared for Monday night's matchup with the Orlando Magic, he made up for lost time with a performance that spoke for itself.
Oladipo scored 26 points to help the Pacers beat the Magic 121-109, handing the Orlando its ninth straight loss.
Stephenson’s late flurry leads Pacers over Raptors, 107-104
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Victor Oladipo went out, Lance Stephenson stepped up.
Stephenson scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers win their fifth straight, 107-104 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Oladipo scored a team-high 21 points before exiting the game with a knee injury midway through the fourth quarter. He entered the game as Indiana's leading scorer with 22.9 points per game. Stephenson averaged 6.2 points through the first month of the season,
Pacers run away after halftime, beat Heat 120-95
MIAMI (AP) — Myles Turner made almost every shot he took in Indiana's biggest win of the season, and even got a chance for a brief postgame chat with actor Matthew McConaughey.
Everything went great for the Pacers.
Everything went wrong for the Miami Heat.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points, Turner added 25 on 11 of 14 shooting and the Pacers embarrassed the Heat in the second half on the way to a 120-95 rout Sunday night.
Myles Turner returns for Pacers after 7-game absence
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has been cleared to return following a seven-game absence because of a concussion.
Coach Nate McMillan was to play Turner off the bench Friday night against Philadelphia.
Turner had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Indiana's season-opening win over Brooklyn on Oct. 18 before being sidelined.
Oladipo, Pacers scorch Timberwolves 130-107
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers couldn't miss, and the Minnesota Timberwolves paid the price.
Victor Oladipo scored 28 points, Cory Joseph added 21 and the Pacers set a franchise record for shooting percentage in a 130-107 victory on Tuesday night.
Darren Collison had 15 points and 16 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 67 percent from the floor.
Pacers hoping new practice facility becomes selling point
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Pritchard has a new sales pitch as the Indiana Pacers jump into the NBA's version of an arms race.
On Thursday, the team's president of basketball operations, players and other officials celebrated the opening of the St. Vincent Center, a five-story, state-of-the-art practice facility that is putting the health, training and comfort of players first.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — J.R. Smith will be back in the Cleveland Cavaliers starting lineup Thursday night.
And he'll be facing a new-look Indiana Pacers lineup in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.
Forward C.J. Miles will return to the Pacers' starting rotation, replacing Monta Ellis, who has been ineffective in the first two games. Coach Nate McMillan made the move after losing the first two games in Cleveland.
Pacers could have Glenn Robinson III back for Game 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III could play Monday night as Indiana tries to even its playoff series with the Cavaliers.
Robinson, who has missed the past 12 games with a sprained left calf, took part in the team's shootaround ahead of Game 2. Robinson didn't dress for Saturday's series opener, which the Pacers lost 109-108 to the defending NBA champions.
Robinson hasn't played since March 22 after injuring himself during a practice scrimmage.