The Pacers trailed by two at the half but put together a strong third quarter to lead by as many as 11 and never trailed after that.
It was a solid team effort with Justin Harper, a 6-10 forward from Richmond who played with Idaho in the D-League last season, leading the way with 13 points and pulling down six rebounds. Rookie Solomon Hill added 12, continuing his torrid 3-point shooting in the summer league by hitting 4 of 6. He is shooting 66 percent through four games. Orlando Johnson had 12 points, Julian Mavunga and Jerome Jordan eight each and Micah Downs seven. Miles Plumlee had six points and seven rebounds before leaving in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
“It was a team win,” said Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke. “Everybody who got in contributed in a positive way. We made a lot of winning plays in the second half, particularly defensively. They shot 51 percent in the first half and 41 percent for the game so our team defense stepped up.”
Prior to the game, the Pacers added Syracuse forward Rick Jackson to their roster to replace Chris Wright, who left to play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Also headed to Vegas after Thursday’s game are Downs and Jonny Flynn.
The Pacers will be scheduled to finish the summer league Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., depending on the outcome of the remainder of Thursday’s games.