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86
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Indiana 28 19 27 12 86
Portland 29 23 22 26 100
100
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 18, 2018
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,071

Pacers motor into Moda to face Trail Blazers

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Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. The Pacers haven't won in Portland since November 28, 2007 (0-8 since). Danny Granger led Indiana with 23 points, while the Trail Blazers were led by 26 points from Travis Outlaw. Brandon Roy nearly had a triple-double in that game (10 pts, 10 rebs, 8 asts).
  2. The Pacers have been the best team from three-point range on the road this season (.392), and have gone 25-for-49 (.510) over the first two games of their current road trip (defeated both Suns and Jazz).
  3. After losing their previous six home games, the Trail Blazers have won the last four outings. Portland is averaging 113.3 points on 50.9 percent shooting during the win streak (averaged 98.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting over the six games prior).
  4. Victor Oladipo has recorded a steal in his last 28 games, which is currently the longest active streak in the league. The last Pacer to have such a streak was Jamaal Tinsley from 2003-04 to 2004-05 (31 games).
  5. Damian Lillard has a 26.0 career scoring average against the Pacers, his second highest against any opponent (Raptors - 26.3).
  6. CJ McCollum is shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range (31/62) in the first quarter this season, tied with Courtney Lee and Victor Oladipo for the second best in the league (minimum 50 attempts; Paul George - .514).

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Indiana Pacers invade Moda Center on Thursday night to face the Portland Trail Blazers with a positive mindset and a chance to continue to climb in the NBA's Eastern Conference standings.

Indiana (24-20) carries a three-game winning streak into Portland, including victories over Phoenix 120-97 and Utah 109-94 to start a five-game road trip.

The Pacers are doing it without center Myles Turner, who will miss his fifth straight game Thursday with an elbow injury.

"The NBA is about adapting," Indiana coach Nate McMillan told the Indianapolis Star. "Injuries are part of it. We have for the most part been able to have guys fill in and be ready to play and continue to win some games with Myles being down."

Indiana shot superbly against Utah -- 53.2 percent from the field, including 14 of 26 from 3-point range.

"Our guys showed toughness," McMillan said. "This is all part of learning how to win games and play the game together while playing without Myles. Our bench did another solid job."

Leading the way is 6-4 shooting guard Victor Oladipo, in his first season with Indiana after the trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City. Oladipo, averaging 24.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists, is a leading candidate for the league's Most Improved Player Award. He has also become the spiritual leader of the Pacers.

"I guess Victor has bad days, but I never see them," McMillan said. "We've been down in a lot of games this season, but you look at Victor in the huddle and he's always the same. That calmness has helped us, along with his play. And he has that infectious personality."

Oladipo had 28 points, six rebounds and six assists against Utah, sinking 9 of 16 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range and 5 of 6 from the foul line. Indiana also got 15 points and eight rebounds from center Domantas Sabonis, the other piece in the George trade.

Portland (23-21) is coming off a 118-111 home victory over Phoenix. Point guard Damian Lillard scored 31 points on 11-for-19 shooting, including 4 for 8 from the 3-point line, and 5 for 5 from the foul line. It's the best he has looked in the four games since he returned from missing seven of nine games with hamstring and calf issues, and the most points he has scored since pouring in 39 against Golden State on Dec. 11.

"When I came back, I knew it would take some time to be able to move comfortably," said Lillard, who also had seven assists, five rebounds and only one turnover in 36 minutes. "The last three games, it's gotten better each game. In Minnesota (on Sunday), I felt really good moving around. Tonight I felt almost normal at times."

Portland is seventh in the NBA in defensive rating and 17th in offensive rating. But the defensive rating has gone up while the offensive rating has gone down in recent weeks.

The Blazers have scored 110 points or more in eight of their last nine games, averaging 113.1. Over that span, opponents have averaged 113.8. Before that span, Portland had yielded 100.3 points per contest.

"I think our defense has slipped a little bit as the offense has gotten better," Lillard said. "We're at the point where we're trying to sustain the level of offense we're at now, but also get our defense back to where we want it."

Updated January 18, 2018

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