Valanciunas double-double, Devonte' Graham carry Pelicans past Pacers

2022-01-25 04:53
Credit: RS – Scanpix

Devonte' Graham scored 25 points and the host New Orleans Pelicans (18-28) held off a 3-point barrage by the Indiana Pacers (17-31) in a 117-113 (31-32, 30-30, 22-17, 34-34) victory on Monday night.

Graham made 5 of 9 3-point attempts while his teammates made just 1 of 21. The Pacers made 19 of 46, matching a season-high for made 3-pointers.

Josh Hart added 22 points with 10 rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists for New Orleans, which has won two straight and four of its past six games.

Player of the Game
Devonte  Graham
Devonte Graham
Points 25
Accuracy 8-14
Rebounds 3
Assists 6

Garrett Temple, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 14 each for the Pelicans.

Indiana rookie Duane Washington Jr. scored a season-high 21 points by sinking 7 of 12 from deep. Caris LeVert added 19, and Chris Duarte scored 14. Torrey Craig had 13 and Goga Bitadze 12 to lead the Pacers. Indiana has dropped 12 of its last 15 games.

The Pelicans played without leading scorer Brandon Ingram, who sustained an ankle injury during a victory at New York on Thursday.

The Pacers played without their top two scorers, Domantas Sabonis (ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles). Sabonis is day-to-day, and Brogdon has been ruled out until at least the end of the month.

Duarte and Craig each made 3-pointers to help the Pacers take a 72-66 lead early in the third quarter.

Graham had a basket and an assist as the Pelicans scored the next eight points.

LeVert's five points helped Indiana take a three-point lead, but Hayes scored six straight New Orleans points as the Pelicans eventually took an 83-79 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Hart's 3-pointer started the fourth-quarter scoring, but Lance Stephenson and Oshae Brissett each made a 3-pointer and Washington made two more as Indiana took a 95-92 lead midway through the quarter.

Graham made a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run that gave New Orleans a 101-95 lead.

The Pacers got within two points twice before Valanciunas scored four points to help the Pelicans take a 109-102 lead with 1:01 remaining.

Washington made a 3-pointer and the Pelicans missed two shots, but Washington missed a 3-pointer and Hart made two free throws for a 111-105 lead with 27.8 seconds left.

LeVert's 3-pointer cut the lead in half with 20 seconds left, but New Orleans maintained control by making six straight free throws.

Pelicans: Devonte Graham 25 (5/9 3PT, 6 AST), Josh Hart 22 (5/6 2PT, 1/5 3PT, 9/9 FT, 10 REB), Jonas Valanciunas 16 (6/11 2PT, 12 REB, 6 AST), Garrett Temple 14 (6/10 2PT), Nickeil Alexander-Walker 14 (4/8 2PT, 0/5 3PT, 6/6 FT, 6 AST), Jaxson Hayes 14 (6/9 2PT, 7 REB).

Pacers: Duane Washington 21 (7/12 3PT), Caris LeVert 19 (5/15 2PT, 3/6 3PT, 6 REB, 8 AST, 4 TO), Chris Duarte 14 (2/6 3PT), Torrey Craig 13 (3/5 3PT), Goga Bitadze 12 (4/6 2PT, 5 REB).

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