Trail Blazers spoil Pascal Siakam’s Pacers debut

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant, left, defends Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, January 19, 2024 in Portland, Oregon. ) heads to the basket (AP Photo/Amanda Roman)

PORTLAND, Ore. β€” Jerami Grant scored 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled Pascal Siakam’s Indiana Pacers debut with a 118-115 victory Friday night.

Malcolm Brogdon added a season-high 30 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points and won their second straight game.

Siakam started for the Pacers in a trade from Toronto earlier this week and scored 21 points. Myles Turner had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which defeated Sacramento 126-121 on Thursday night.

Tyrese Haliburton returned to the Pacers after missing five games with a hamstring injury sustained against the Celtics on January 8th. He had 21 points and 17 assists.

“So many people contributed,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “It’s a tough team to play against. It really is. Their pace, and their pace in the half court, is just as deadly as anyone else’s, and their shot-making is very dangerous. The discipline of our game plan is I would say it stood out to me.”

Haliburton made a basket and a free throw to pull the Pacers within 95-91 in the final quarter.

Turner’s 3-pointer made it 106-101 with 3:36 left, but Grant answered with a layup on the other side. Indiana stayed within single digits until Jabari Walker’s free throws gave Portland a 116-105 lead.

Turner hit another three to get the Pacers within 116-113 with 16.1 seconds left. After Grant made a free throw for Portland, Haliburton missed a 3-pointer that nearly sealed the victory for Portland.

“At the end of the day, it was a fun game,” said Portland center Deandre Ayton, who finished with 12 points after returning from injury. β€œTonight we competed, we played for each other and we did everything the coaches asked us to do.”

Siakam was acquired by Indiana on Wednesday night in a trade with Toronto for three first-round draft picks. The two-time All-Star, who was part of Toronto’s 2019 NBA title team, is still adjusting to his new team, but will be a punch to the already high-scoring Pacers playing alongside Haliburton. should be added.

“He’s a player we’ve coveted for a long time,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.

Without Haliburton, who averaged 23.6 points per game at Indiana University, the Pacers went 3-2. Once the game started, Indiana led the league with an average of 125.6 points, while Portland was in last place with 107.2 points.

The Blazers were without Anfernee Simons, who is recovering from an illness. Simmons was questionable Wednesday night, but hit the game-winning hit against Brooklyn in a 105-103 win and ended a four-game losing streak.

Ayton was scheduled to play Wednesday after missing 11 games due to right knee tendonitis, but was forced to stay home due to Portland’s cold winter weather.

“I just couldn’t get out,” Ayton said. “No boats, no helicopters, nothing. We had to get an L.”

Portland entered the second quarter with a 34-31 lead. Ayton’s chip shot increased the lead to 50-43, and the Blazers were up 64-53 at halftime.

Grant led all scorers with 20 points in the first half, and the Blazers dominated in the paint with 40 points to Indiana’s 12.

The Pacers narrowed the lead to 68-63 on Aaron Nesmith’s 3-pointer. Indiana took a 75-73 lead on Haliburton’s layup and tied it on Turner’s free throw.

“Grant was just starting to get going and we didn’t do a good enough job against him. We probably should have double-teamed him earlier. Malcolm had a good game,” Carlisle said of the Blazers. talked about. “They’re a physical team, they play hard and they play well at home. That’s why they got the win.”

Portland rookie Scoot Henderson appeared to be hit in the face in the first half and did not return. The Blazers announced that he suffered a nasal contusion.


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next schedule

Pacers: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Sunday for the final game of a six-game road trip.

Trail Blazers: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

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