With another questionable close in a losing effort, the Indiana Pacers took on their second straight zombie buzzer gut-punch adjective words loss as part of three overall to end their road trip on an extremely sour note. After falling behind 99-86 with 5:45 remaining, the game looked to be well out of reach, but similar to Saturday night's effort in Utah, the Pacers locked into a tremendous comeback against the Denver Nuggets.
The Pacers would play what seemed like their first bit of defense since last Monday to build a huge 13-0 run to tie the game up at 99, and with a George Hill teardrop would have possession with under 18 seconds left, all tied at 101, playing for the win over overtime. When a Paul George ISO went sour at a second after plenty of contact let go, Andre Iguodala's steal gave Denver the timeout with 0.5 seconds to go. On the inbound, George, falling backwards, was whistled for a foul as Iguodala attempted the tip. After missing his four previous free throws, Iguodala would sink the first, lining up a miss to give Denver the 102-101 victory.
The loss, well, it sucks. But similar to the Utah game, Indiana dug themselves far too big of a hole to simply "come out of it," turning a largely poor defensive effort into something noteworthy late, unable to get the final play to avoid numerous complications. Yeah, it's frustrating, but from a perspective standpoint, each of these games were dead and finished long before Indiana came back. For them to even be games down the stretch speaks to the quality of team Indiana is, or at least can be, provided they can quit putting themselves in bad situations on the road.
Pacers final score: Nuggets edge Pacers 102-101
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