Pacers makes history following epic drubbing
The Indiana Pacers took part in rarified air, bouncing back from a 46-point loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday to a season-best 39-point victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday. The massive win makes the Pacers the second team in NBA history to go from a 35-point loss to a 35-point win in consecutive games, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The only other team to do so was the Los Angeles Lakers in 1966, who went from a 39-point loss to a 56-point win.
The Pacers took it to the Hornets from the go, getting big nights from Domantas Sabonis, who put up a near-triple double (21 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists) and center Myles Turner, who turned away a career-high eight shots in 27 minutes of play.
The Pacers shot a blistering 57% for the game and limited the Hornets to a feeble 33.3% from the floor, allowing only two double-digit scorers in a 119-80 win.
Indiana suffered its worst loss since 1977 on Sunday, as the Raptors completely dominated their Eastern Conference counterpart and walked away with a blistering 46-point epic drubbing to get their coach’s attention.
“This is a wake-up call. That team is playing for something big and they showed us what February, March, April, if you can get into May and June, what it’s going to look like,” said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan, according to J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star. “They jumped on us. They played with intensity. They played with sense of urgency, a team that’s connected out there. We’re back on our heels from the start. We got to get to that level.”
The Pacers got to that level on Tuesday and now they’re part of the history books because of it.