RAPTORS-PACERS PREGAME NOTES

PACERS
• After losing consecutive games for only the second time this season, the Pacers bounced back to earn a 120-118 overtime win over the Orlando Magic Friday night. Indiana is now 2-0 this season in overtime contests.
Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 23 points in the win over the Magic, and sank the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift Indiana to the win. Brogdon has made the game-winner in both of the Pacers’ overtime wins this season.
• Brogdon is Indiana’s leading scorer this season with 22.5 points per game, an improvement of 6.0 points per game off his previous career-high average he set last season (16.5). He also leads the Pacers with 7.2 assists and is averaging a career-best 1.6 steals per game.
• After missing the previous two games with a right hand injury, Defensive Player of the Year candidate Myles Turner returned to the court Friday against Orlando and tied his season high with 22 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks in 43 minutes.
• Despite missing two games, Myles Turner leads the NBA this season with 53 blocked shots, a total of 11 more than the NBA’s second-ranked player (Utah’s Rudy Gobert, 42). Turner has ranked in the NBA’s top four in blocks per game in each of the last four seasons.
Domantas Sabonis has opened the season by recording 15 consecutive double-doubles. Sabonis’ streak is the longest of his career and the longest streak in NBA franchise history. With his 109th double-double as a member of the Pacers Wednesday against Dallas, he passed Roy Hibbert (108) into seventh place for the most double-doubles in franchise history.
• Sabonis is one of six players since the ABA-NBA merger to record a double-double in at least 15 straight games to open the season (Basketball-Reference). He joins Bill Walton (34, 1976-77), Moses Malone (16, 1981-82), Kevin Love (15, 2011-12), Giannis Antetokounmpo (19, 2019-20) and Nikola Jokic (15, 2020-21) on that list. Joining Denver’s Nikola Jokic with 15 double-doubles
through 15 games this season, this is the first NBA season since 1967-68 that two players had 15 double-doubles in the first 15 games of a season in the same year when Nate Thurmond and Wilt Chamberlain did so.
• Sabonis leads the NBA in minutes per game as he has averaged 38.2 minutes played. He logged a career-high 45 minutes in Friday’s overtime win over Orlando as he tallied 18 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and a career-high five steals.
• After missing the first 13 games this season, and 29 straight regular season games after suffering a torn left ACL on Feb. 23 last season, Jeremy Lamb returned to the court Wednesday against Dallas. He finished with 10 points off the bench, and made his first four shots from the floor. Lamb followed that by posting 22 points on 7-for-14 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free
throw line to go with seven rebounds in 28 minutes of Friday’s win over Orlando.
Doug McDermott has scored in double figures in four straight games and 11 of his 15 outings overall this year. He has started each of the last three games and has averaged 17.3 points, 5.0 reboundsa nd 3.0 assists while shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range over that span.
• McDermott made his first start of the season Sunday against the Clippers (and only his second start in his three seasons with the Pacers), and led all scorers with a season-high 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting and 5-for-7 from 3-point range. He made his first six shots from the field including his first three triples.
• After starting the season shooting 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range over the first four games, McDermott has shot 25-for-58 (43.1 percent) over the last 11.
• Justin Holiday has started the last six games and has averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range over that span.
• T.J. McConnell missed three games from Jan. 9-12 due to personal reasons. Over the four games since his return, McConnell has recorded 26 assists and 10 steals and has only committed five turnovers over 24.8 minutes per game. He finished with six points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals with only one turnvover in 31 minutes (the most he has logged in his two
seasons with the Pacers) in Friday’s win over Orlando.
• After totaling just 17 points and six assists over the first five games in January, Aaron Holiday provided a burst off the bench in the win at Golden State, 1/12, with 16 points and 12 assists, his first double-double of the season. He tallied nine points and six assists in the fourth quarter. Holiday finished with 13 points in 26 minutes off the bench in Wednesday’s loss to Dallas.

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