Pacer’s best Jazz in the game with four red cards after a fight


FILE – Malcolm Brogdon # 7 of the Indiana Pacers. Rob Carr / Getty Images / AFP

Malcolm Brogdon struck a 30-point game-high and the Indiana Pacers finished a four-game away game with a 111-100 win over the Utah Jazz in a wild game Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

One night after losing in Denver to a Nuggets team playing without disqualified MVP Nikola Jokic, the Pacers looked at a disadvantage against a Jazz team with all its starters and an unblemished home record entering the night.

Utah, however, ended the game without three of its key players after Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles were sent off following a brawl that also resulted in the Pacers losing center-back Myles Turner for the final four minutes. .

With Indiana leading 102-92 – having finally taken the lead in the second quarter – Gobert and Turner were involved in a physical back and forth that nearly turned into a big brawl at 4:01 of the fourth quarter. The uproar began when Turner hit a Gobert from behind under the basket.

The referees did not call a foul and a frustrated Gobert pulled Turner’s shorts. Gobert got up and started running down the field when he was shot in the back by Turner. The two players then took each other and started fighting.

Players from both sides rushed to the big two, with Mitchell and Ingles appearing to be the most agitated and in need of restraint.

The referees examined the brouhaha for several minutes before determining that the Jazz and Turner trio had earned the early shower. It is possible that the league collects fines as it did earlier in the week when Jokic and Markieff Morris had their own skirmish.

Brogdon scored a couple of the three technical free throws and the Pacers achieved their second away win in eight attempts.

Wrestling match aside, the Pacers proved from the first quarter that they wouldn’t just stop despite being on a back-to-back road against one of the best teams in the NBA. Indiana held a 32-30 lead after the first quarter, and then used an 11-2 spurt triggered by Brogdon to regain the lead from the Jazz and take a 60-51 lead in the locker room against a Utah side who didn’t. he played up to his usual defensive standards.

Although Mitchell scored 26 points and Gobert scored 19 points and 11 rebounds, the rest of the Jazz failed to make up for the game. Jordan Clarkson was the only other player in double figures with 11 points.

The Pacers, meanwhile, had five double-digit players: Brogdon, TJ McConnell (21 points), Kelan Martin (14), Turner (13) and Chris Duarte (11).

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