Siakam, Pacers bounce back, fend off Pelicans at home

Published February 29, 2024, 1:40 PMNBA.com Philippines Staff

Spicy P led three Indiana Pacers in double-doubles in a big home win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Pascal Siakam dropped an all-around game of 24 points, 11 rebounds. and five assists in a decisive Pacers dub.
Pascal Siakam, Tyrese Haliburton, and Myles Turner logged double-double outings as the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-114, on Thursday, Philippine time.

Siakam led the charge with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyrese Haliburton had 17 markers and 13 dimes. Turner added 14 and 10.

Obi Toppin came off the bench and chipped in 16 points in 23 minutes, including the highlight when he converted Haliburton’s off-the-glass pass into a thunderous jam to end the first period.

Benedict Mathurin also scored in double figures with 16 points with Ben Sheppard adding 11.

The Pacers raced to a red-hot 40-24 lead after the first period and led by as much as 20 points in the second quarter after T.J. McConnell jumper, 44-24.

New Orleans played catch-up the rest of the way until the final period, when they closed the gap behind a Brandon Ingram triple followed by a CJ McCollum to make it a three-point game, 109-112.

But the Pacers kept the Pelicans at bay, taking a double-digit lead once more in the final 77 seconds thanks to a Siakam breakaway slam.

Brandon Ingram led the way for the Pelicans with 30 points as McCollum and Zion Williamson added 23 apiece.

Indiana improved to a 34-26 win-loss record, good for the seventh spot in East while the Pelicans dropped to 35-25 slate and still in sixth place in the West.