Jazz suffer first home loss, fall 111-100 to Pacers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points for Utah, which lost at home for the first time this season. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 11 rebounds, but they were among four players ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.

T.J. McConnell added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench for the Pacers. Myles Turner had 13 points and nine rebounds in Indiana's second road win of the season.

Turner, Gobert, Mitchell and Joe Ingles were ejected with 4:01 left. Turner shoved Gobert in the back after a missed layup. Gobert responded by bear hugging him and trying to wrestle Turner to the floor. The two players had to be separated near the Jazz bench.

Mitchell got off to a fast start and gave the Jazz an early boost. He had four baskets, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers, and assisted two others to help Utah carve out a 20-14 lead midway through the first quarter.

The Pacers answered with a 14-2 run to surge ahead 28-22. T.J. McConnell and Kelan Martin fueled the spurt when they made back-to-back 3s to put Indiana in front.

After Bojan Bogdanovic drove for a layup to give Utah a 42-38 lead midway through the second quarter, the Pacers held the Jazz to just four baskets over the final 6 1/2 minutes before halftime. Meanwhile, Indiana crashed the boards and repeatedly scored second-chance baskets to go back in front.

The Pacers closed the half on an 11-3 run punctuated by back-to-back baskets from McConnell and took a 60-51 lead.

Gobert scored 11 points in the third quarter to help the Jazz briefly rally. He capped a 9-0 run with a pair of dunks that trimmed Indiana’s lead to 74-71. Turner and Brogdon combined to make three 3-pointers on three straight possessions to quell the run and extend the Pacers’ lead back to 83-74.

Utah drew no closer than five points in the fourth quarter and had any comeback hopes dashed with the ejections of Mitchell and Gobert late in the quarter.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Caris LaVert was sidelined for a second straight game (lower back soreness). … Martin scored a season-high 14 points off the bench. … Indiana scored 18 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds in the first half.

Jazz: Mike Conley finished with a team-high eight assists. … Utah made just four 3-pointers over the final three quarters. The Jazz finished 9-of-32 from 3-point range.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Jazz: Host Miami on Saturday.

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John Coon, The Associated Press

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