INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Stevens thought the Boston Celtics needed another playmaker and more depth to win their first NBA title since 2007-08.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Arizona sophomore Bennedict Mathurin figures he has a lot to bring to the Indiana Pacers.
“I feel like I'm a winner," said Mathurin, who was taken No. 6 overall by the Pacers in the NBA draft Thursday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 will be presented by Gainbridge for the next several years in a multi-year contract extension announced Wednesday with the online investment platform.
Gainbridge is an Indianapolis company that in 2019 became presenting sponsor of the most iconic motorsports race in the world.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard sent a clear message at the trade deadline.
It's time for a shakeup.
After posting a second straight losing record at home, missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years and recording their fewest wins in a season since 1984-85, the Pacers are embarking on their biggest offseason overhaul in years.
NEW YORK (AP) — Four wins in the final week sent the Brooklyn Nets surging up to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
One more win sends them to the playoffs.
“Now we get to carry some of that momentum on into Tuesday,” Kyrie Irving said.
Detroit Pistons (23-58, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (50-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: 76ers -15.5
Indiana Pacers (25-56, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (43-38, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nets -15.5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid made his closing argument for MVP votes and all but wrapped up the NBA scoring title, scoring 41 points while adding 20 rebounds and four assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 133-120 victory Saturday over the Indiana Pacers.
Indiana Pacers (25-55, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (49-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana aims to stop its eight-game losing streak with a win against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 76ers (49-30, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (46-33, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia visits the Toronto Raptors after Joel Embiid scored 45 points in the 76ers' 131-122 victory against the Indiana Pacers.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Embiid had 45 points and 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers made a franchise-record 17 3-pointers in the first half of a 131-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night that moved them into a tie with Boston atop the Atlantic Division.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Embiid showed again Tuesday night why he believes he deserves this season's MVP Award.
It prompted teammates, coaches and even former teammates to make the case, too.
Philadelphia 76ers (48-30, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (25-54, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Pacers -12.5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joel Embiid had 44 points and 17 rebounds, James Harden recorded his second triple-double with Philadelphia and the 76ers locked up a playoff spot with a 112-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Saddiq Bey scored 31 points and Fred Jackson had 19 to lead the sharpshooting Detroit Pistons past the Indiana Pacers 121-117 on Sunday.
Bey hit 11 of 18 shots, including shooting 7 of 9 on 3-pointers, in 23 minutes.
Detroit Pistons (22-56, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (25-53, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Sunday, 5 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana aims to break its six-game slide when the Pacers play Detroit.
Dillon Brooks scored 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Phoenix Suns 122-114 on Friday night in a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams, extending their winning streak to seven.
Brooks converted a three-point play with 32 seconds left for an eight-point lead and the short-handed Grizzlies held on to snap the Suns’ nine-game winning streak.
BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 32 points and Jayson Tatum had 31 to help the Boston Celtics stop a rare late-season stumble and beat the Indiana Pacers 128-123 on Friday night.
It was the eighth time this season that “The Jays” each scored at least 30 points.
Indiana Pacers (25-52, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (47-30, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum leads Boston into a matchup with Indiana.
BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 23 and the Miami Heat rallied in the fourth quarter to hold off the Boston Celtics 106-98 on Wednesday night to stay atop a tight race for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nikola Jokic flirted with another triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Denver Nuggets hold off the Indiana Pacers 125-118 on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets led by as many as 31 points in the second quarter before the Pacers stormed back.
Denver Nuggets (45-31, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (25-51, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana will try to stop its four-game losing streak when the Pacers play Denver.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 29 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Indiana Pacers 132-123 on Monday night.
Clint Capela and Kevin Huerter each contributed 22 points and Capela added 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who are 10th in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta Hawks (37-37, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (25-50, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young leads Atlanta into a matchup against Indiana.
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 23 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the depleted Indiana Pacers 131-91 on Saturday night in a game delayed 70 minutes in the first half because of a speaker fire that forced the evacuation of fans.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors' victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night was delayed about 70 minutes in the second quarter and the arena evacuated because of a fire in a speaker hanging over the stands.
Indiana Pacers (25-49, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (41-32, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors host Chris Duarte and the Indiana Pacers in Eastern Conference play.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 30 points, hitting 12 of 15 shots, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a big lead early before coasting to a 133-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Indiana Pacers (25-48, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (50-23, second in the Western Conference)
Memphis, Tennessee; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Grizzlies -11.5; over/under is 235.5
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Damian Jones' tip-in with less than a second left lifted the Sacramento Kings to a 110-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Trey Lyles missed a 3-pointer for Sacramento but Jones tipped in the rebound with 0.2 seconds remaining.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Jusuf Nurkic of the Portland Trail Blazers $40,000 on Tuesday for confronting a fan at a game in Indiana and throwing the person’s cellphone.
The incident happened shortly after Sunday's game between the Blazers and the Pacers.
Sacramento Kings (25-48, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (25-47, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento comes into the matchup with Indiana after losing three games in a row.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oshae Brissett scored 24 points, Justin Anderson had 18 and the Indiana Pacers cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers 129-98 Sunday.
Brissett sank 8 of 10 shots and all six free throws, and he led Indiana with nine rebounds.
Portland Trail Blazers (26-43, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (24-47, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Portland comes into the matchup against Indiana as losers of three games in a row.
HOUSTON (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points and Goga Bitadze added 23, including two key baskets down the stretch, to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets 121-118 on Friday night.
A 3-pointer by Tyrese Haliburton cut Houston’s lead to two with about 2 1/2 minutes left.
Indiana Pacers (23-47, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (17-52, 15th in the Western Conference)
Houston; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston aims to break its three-game losing streak when the Rockets play Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 19 and the Memphis Grizzlies rolled without All-Star Ja Morant, beating the Indiana Pacers 135-102 on Tuesday night.
De’Anthony Melton added 18 points while Morant sat out with back soreness.
Memphis Grizzlies (47-22, second in the Western Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (23-46, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Memphis will attempt to continue its three-game win streak with a victory over Indiana.
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 33 of his 47 points in the first half, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 131-128 on Sunday night.
Atlanta, 10th in the Eastern Conference, had seven players score in double figures and shot 54.8% from the field.
Indiana Pacers (23-45, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (32-34, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Hawks -11; over/under is 236.5
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points and 10 assists and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid, beating the San Antonio Spurs 119-108 on Saturday night.
San Antonio sat out Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl a night after coach Gregg Popovich became the winningest coach in NBA history.
Indiana Pacers (22-45, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (26-41, 11th in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Spurs -5.5; over/under is 234.5
Cleveland Cavaliers (38-27, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (44-23, first in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland plays the Miami Heat after Darius Garland scored 41 points in the Cavaliers' 127-124 victory against the Indiana Pacers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit nine 3-pointers and scored a season-high 50 points, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a four-game skid with a 132-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Garland scored a career-high 41 points, had 13 assists and hit a decisive pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Indiana Pacers 127-124 on Tuesday night.
Cleveland Cavaliers (37-27, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (22-44, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland will aim to stop its four-game road skid when the Cavaliers visit Indiana.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis finally made his debut for the Washington Wizards — and didn't need much time to make a big impact.
Porzingis scored 25 points in his first game for Washington, and the Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 133-123 on Sunday night.