Turner helps Pacers escape with 109-101 victory over Wizards

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner had a season-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points Monday to help the Indiana Pacers stave off Washington’s frenetic second-half charge for a 109-101 victory.

Indiana extended its winning to streak to four straight, a season-best, after nearly blowing a 25-point, third-quarter lead.

Bradley Beal scored 30 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had a season-high 23 points for the Wizards, who played without injured All-Star guard John Wall.

Beal certainly tried to make up for Wall’s absence with the Wizards facing an 87-62 deficit with 4:04 to go in the third.

He scored five of the first nine points in a 13-0 run to close the quarter. The Wizards then opened the fourth on a 9-2 run to make it 87-81 with 9:54 to play.

They eventually cut the deficit to 98-97 when Beal made two free throws to cap an 8-0 spurt, and Washington even had a chance to take the lead when Oubre drove in for a layup.

But Turner redirected the shot, Darren Collison knocked down a 3 from the wing and the Pacers steadied themselves just in time to hold on for the victory.

Collison finished with 10 points and 17 assists — his highest assist total with the Pacers.


Wizards: Beal scored 19 points in the second half and reached the 20-point mark for the 20th time this season. … Otto Porter Jr. left midway through the first quarter with a bruised knee and did not return. … Thomas Bryant, who attended Indiana University, had 10 points. … Washington came into the game averaging 13.9 turnovers, but had eight in the first half and wound up with 12. … Austin Rivers had 13 points in place of Wall.

Pacers: Turner has had double-doubles in four of the last six games. … Bogdanovic reached double figures in his 18th straight game, the longest streak of his NBA career. He’s also topped the 20-point mark in eight of the last 14 games. … Turner’s five blocks all came in the first half, with three on successive Washington possessions. … Collison had 31 assists without a turnover before committing three late in the game. … All-Star guard Victor Oladipo missed his 12th straight game with a sore right knee.


Wizards: After a four-game road trip, Washington heads home to face Boston on Wednesday.

Pacers: Will seek their fourth straight home win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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