INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Rudy Gobert was back for the Jazz, but the Jazz defense did not improve.
Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren each scored 23 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22, leading the Indiana Pacers past Utah 121-102 on Wednesday night.
Sabonis also had 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Indiana has won four straight.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 30 points in his first trip back to Indiana since leaving the team as a free agent last summer. Donovan Mitchell added 26 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle.
The Pacers closed used an 18-5 fourth-quarter spurt to finally seal it.
Bogdanovic, who left the Pacers last summer in free agency, scored 30 in his first game back. Mitchell added 26 and the Jazz spent the entire second half futilely chasing the Pacers before losing its second straight game.
Indiana looked like it might run away after closing the first half on a 12-2 spurt and opening the second half with a 3-pointer from Myles Turner to take a 56-43 lead.
“They felt comfortable the entire time,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got to get over screens, helping, the bigs, the guards, it’s really all of us just communicating (better on defense) and we’ll fix it.”
At least, Utah made the Pacers earn this one.
When it appeared Indiana might run away after closing the first half on a 12-2 spurt and opening the second half with a 3-pointer from Myles Turner to take a 56-43 lead, Bogdanovic and Mitchell helped the Jazz respond. They combined for five of Utah’s seven 3s in the third quarter, helping them scramble back within 83-80 with 2:03 to go.
Indiana answered with the final six points of the quarter before the decisive run in the fourth.
Utah led most of the first quarter but the Pacers never trailed again after using a 9-0 run to break a 27-27 tie in the second quarter.
The Jazz got as close as 42-41 late in the first half but spent the rest of the night playing catch-up.
Utah plays its third game of a five-game road trip Friday in Memphis.