INDIANAPOLIS (ABC4 Sports) – The long and winding road trip came to an end for the Utah Jazz, and they are thankful to be coming home.
Despite Ricky Rubio matching a season high with 28 points, the Jazz got blown out by the Indiana Pacers Monday night, 121-94, and are coming home after a 2-3 road trip.
“They were the more aggressive team, and it started on the first possession offensively,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. “They got up into us, and we didn’t take care of the ball.”
With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo sidelined with an injured right knee, the Pacers delivered their most complete game of the season. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis nearly had a triple-double and Turner added 12 points and six rebounds to lead the Pacers blew the game open late.
Bogdanovic went 9 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Sabonis had 19 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists in 26 minutes, and Turner wound up with four assists and three blocks.
Rudy Gobert finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds but wasn’t much of a factor. Jae Crowder scored 14 and was the only other Jazz player to reach double figures.
Snyder even gave his starters some extra rest, pulling the last of his starters with 5:03 to play.
”They came out and blew stuff up,” Donovan Mitchell said after scoring seven points. ”I had two turnovers early just from being loose with it. That set the tone.
It was never really close after Indiana jumped to a 19-12 lead and opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run to make it 39-19.
Rubio answered with a 14-point scoring flurry in the second quarter, and a 3 from Joe Ingles cut the deficit to 47-41.
Indiana answered with four straight points, closed the half with a 57-47 lead and started the second half on a 9-0 run to make it 71-53 and the Jazz never got closer than 12 the rest of the game.
The Pacers also forced 18 turnovers, committed three and had a season-high 35 assists.
“We’re getting everybody’s best shot,” Mitchell said. “This isn’t last year when we just sneak up on people. People know what we do, they know we do it, and they know how to take us out of what we do. We’ve got to be ready for that challenge.”
The Jazz (8-9) now come home to host Sacramento Wednesday night.