The Pacers are quietly just 1 1/2 games out of first place in the Eastern Conference.
Did you forget about the Pacers?
A lot of you may have, but it’s time to start noticing what they’re doing, especially after Friday’s game.
While the Pacers would have liked to have defeated the Bulls by more than three points in overtime, the way they won was just as impressive as a big victory. Victor Oladipo banked in a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to earn the team’s sixth straight win.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 5, 2019
Oladipo finished the game with 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Pacers are now just 1 1/2 games back of the Bucks for first place in the Eastern Conference. And with Milwaukee and Toronto matching up on Saturday, Indiana has a chance to pick up some ground on one of them.
Another note: Since Oladipo came back from missing 11 games with an injury, the Pacers are 9-2 with their losses coming by a combined four points.
Studs of the Night
Wizards guard Bradley Beal had 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists but Washington fell to the Heat 115-109.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points and added 15 rebounds in Minnesota’s 120-103 win over the Magic.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley scored 31 points and added four steals in a loss to the Nets.
Clippers center Marcin Gortat had a close to perfect night scoring 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 13 rebounds in a 121-111 win over the Suns.
Dud of the Night
Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton shot the 3-pointer well going 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, but he failed to hit a single shot inside of the line in the game as he finished 3 of 13 from the floor in Cleveland’s 117-91 loss to the Jazz.
Nets center Jarrett Allen has become known for blocking dunks, but he showed he can throw them down himself in a 109-100 win over the Grizzlies.
JARRETT ALLEN 😱 pic.twitter.com/AOfi2DnNbb
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 5, 2019
Raptors (28-12) at Bucks (26-10), 8:30 p.m. ET — In a night full of good games as the Grizzlies play the Spurs, the Rockets play the Trail Blazers and the Warriors play the Kings, this is the best game on the schedule. It’s two MVP contenders going head to head for the second time this season. Kawhi Leonard didn’t play in the first matchup of the season and Toronto lost, but the second game was decided by just five points and was a great regular season showing. This one looks to be no different.