The Indiana Pacers got an important victory in the Utah Jazz pavilion by 111-100 with 30 points and 9 rebounds from Malcolm Brogdon.
The one who was Best Rookie of the Year 2017 hit a 10 of 23 in field goals; being the leader of the team led by Rick Carlisle. The Pacers are 5-8 at the start of the season, causing the Jazz’s first loss in their fiefdom.
However, their excellent performance was marred by the confrontation between Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert that ended with four players sent off with 04:01 minutes remaining (also Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles were forced to leave the match).
“I had to defend myself in that situation,” Myles Turner acknowledged. I don’t think I did anything wrong. But that is not for me to decide. We will talk to the league and see what happens from here, “he added.
Other highlights of the visitors were reserves TJ McConnell, with 21 points, 5 assists and 8 rebounds; and Kelan Martin, who added 14 points, his top scorer of the year.
“We have a very resilient group,” Brogdon noted. “We have a group that is maturing and improving, and getting tougher. We have to build on this, ”he added.
In the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell led their attack with 26 points; followed by a new double-double from French center Rudy Gobert: 19 points and 11 rebounds.
“This whole situation could have been avoided. You just have to put a limit at the beginning, instead of letting it accumulate throughout the meeting, “said Mitchell on the friction that Gobert and Turner starred in.
Center Myles Turner had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks before being sent off. And with last night’s game, there are already 13 games in which he places 3 blocks or more. His ability to block and alter pitch is impressive, and his teammate Brogdon thinks he should be in the talks for Defender of the Year.
“We have the best defensive player in the league on our team,” said Brogdon. I hope people got to see it tonight. We have the best defensive player in this league who was playing against the second, “he concluded.
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