INDIANAPOLIS (ABC4 Sports) – One night after missing eight of its best players, most of the regulars came back, but the Jazz still couldn’t clinch the victory.
Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 42 points on 18 of 22 shots to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 125-113 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
After missing Friday night’s loss to Toronto, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gay and Jordan Clarkson all returned, while Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles remained on the NBA Covid list.
Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 36 points and nine assists. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson 18 for Jazz.
Lance Stephenson contributed 16 points, 14 assists and four interceptions off the bench for the Pacers. Duane Washington Jr. added 16 points and Justin Holiday 15 for Indiana.
The Pacers ended a six-game losing streak and completed a season-long Jazz sweep. Indiana shot 56 percent in the first half to take a 61-52 halftime advantage. Utah used a 12-0 streak to reduce the lead to 70-69 midway through the third quarter. Indiana maintained a 90-86 lead after three quarters.
Holding a 101-97 lead, Holiday started an 8-0 streak with 3 straight points. Indiana kept their lead.
The Jazz reduced the Pacers’ lead to one point seven times in the second half, but were never able to take the lead.
The Pacers shot 55% while the Jazz shot just under 48% from the field. Utah also committed 15 turnovers in the game.
The Jazz will end their 5-game road trip Monday night in Detroit.