Pacers Use Strong 3rd Quarter To Edge Blazers

----- Domontas Sabonis finishes with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers top the Portland Trail Blazers 106-100 Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Domantas Sabonis loves to play against the Portland Trail Blazers!

In January, Sabonis put up a triple-double on the Blazers and tonight he led the Pacers with 20 points and 11 rebounds as Indiana topped Portland 106-100 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Trail Blazers took a 49-43 lead into the halftime break and extended their advantage to nine with 9:03 left in the third quarter, but the Pacers responded with a 45-22 run to build a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

''We started being aggressive,'' Sabonis said. ''We didn't have enough energy in the first half. We've got a lot of weapons and when we get stops, it's tough to guard us in transition.''

Portland then went on an 18-7 run to cut the deficit. After Brogdon made a jumper to give Indiana a 103-93 lead with 1:54 remaining, the Trail Blazers scored seven straight. McCollum's floater made it 103-100 with 30 seconds to go.

Myles Turner drilled a 3-pointer with 9 seconds remaining to seal it.

CJ McCollum led Portland (26-34) with 28 points and eight assists, Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and finished with five rebounds, and Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

''It felt like it was a winnable game, that's for sure,'' McCollum said. ''We had a chance. Probably shouldn't have let them get that run, but we were able to withstand it and come back.''

Up Next- The Trail Blazers travel to Atlanta to meet the Hawks on Saturday. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:30 PM.

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