- The Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-166 in OT on Monday night.
- Indiana is the third team in 8,107 games to win a game after trailing by six points with 25 or fewer seconds left.
- With the win, the Pacers improve to 5-2 on the season and tied for second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Indiana Pacers staged an amazing comeback on Monday night in their road game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pacers erased a double-digit lead with three minutes left, forced overtime, and beat the Pelicans on a last second basket.
Indiana’s 118-116 OT win spoiled a 31-point effort by Brandon Ingram and a 24-10 double-double by Zion Williamson. But it wasn’t just a tough loss for the Pelicans, it was a historic comeback win for the Pacers.
make it 8,104-3 ?
it’s not over until we say it is. #AlwaysGame pic.twitter.com/Xlp4fEKjvC
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 5, 2021
Erasing a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left in the game to win it was special. But it wasn’t just that. The Pacers also made history with their improbable comeback win. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Indiana is only the third team in 8,107 games to win an NBA game after trailing by six points with 25 or fewer seconds left in the game.
The last time that a team came from six points down in the final 25 seconds of the game to win it was March 20, 2018 when the Boston Celtics rallied from six points back with 20 seconds left and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99. Interestingly, New Orleans’ Steven Adams played for the Thunder in that game, giving him the ignominious distinction of being on the wrong side of two of those amazing comebacks.
However, Adams directly had nothing to do with the Pelicans’ loss on Monday night as it was J.J. Redick and Lonzo Ball who combined to fumble the ball in the backcourt while being pressure by the Pacers. The turnover happened right after New Orleans allowed Victor Oladipo to make a wide open three-pointer to cut the lead to 106-103 with 20.5 seconds left in the game:
Victor Oladipo buries the 3, comes up with the steal, and Myles Turner ties it for the @Pacers from deep!
Headed to OVERTIME on NBA LP pic.twitter.com/8uhqUWPKJ6
— NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2021
Oladipo picked up the looseball and passed it to Brogdon who in turn, found Myles Turner at the top of the key. With time winding down, Turner knocked down the game-tying three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in the game. The Pelicans had a chance to redeem themselves but Brandon Ingram missed a 21-footer that would have won the game outright.
In the overtime period, the Pacers took a four-point lead 116-112 after five straight points by Oladipo. The Pelicans refused to go away as Zion and Lonzo hit back to back baskets to knot the game at 116. But then Malcolm Brogdon put the game away with a floater with 1.7 seconds left in the game:
? Malcolm Brogdon game winner ?pic.twitter.com/8jDoFs9Qj2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 5, 2021
Big Game For Pacers Trio
The Pacers’ trio had another great game tonight.
W vs. NOP (5-2) pic.twitter.com/vBHoVGwDv1
— StatTrackNBA (@StatTrackNBA) January 5, 2021
Indiana’s trio had a big say in the win. Victor Oladipo led the team with 25 points and some big plays down the stretch. Meanwhile, Brogdon finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists. On the other hand, Domantas Sabonis picked up his seventh double-double in seven games with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The three are averaging at least 20 points per game each this season and are combining for 63.4 points per game. However, Brogdon and Sabonis have been playing heavy minutes so far at 37 per contest. Myles Turner and Doug McDermott are also scoring in double digits but the Pacers will have to navigate without T.J. Warren who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
According to online sportsbook BetOnline, Indiana currently has the second best odds to win the Central Division at +475 and are just 7th in the latest odds board to win the Eastern Conference at +2200. However, they are currently tied for second in the East with their 5-2 record and head to their Wednesday home game against the Houston Rockets as 2-point betting favorites.