San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Pacers set own mark in muffling Thunder


Domantas Sabonis had a tripledoub­le in the first half and the Indiana Pacers flirted with the most lopsided victory in NBA history before beating the Thunder 15295 in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

Sabonis finished with 26 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists, and the Pacers scored their most points in a game since joining the NBA in 1976.

They led by 67 points with 4:12 left before the Thunder scored the next 10 points. The NBA’s largest victory margin is 68, set by Cleveland against Miami in 1991. The Pacers’ mark was 150 points vs. Denver in 1982. Indiana shot 65.5% from the field, the highest percentage allowed in Thunder history.

Sabonis had missed six games with a sore lower back. He had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists at halftime for his seventh tripledoub­le of the season and the 11th of his career.

He joined Nikola Jokic and Russell Westbrook (twice) as the only players with tripledoub­les before halftime since the playbyplay era began in 199798, reported the Elias Sports Bureau.

Nuggets 110, Clippers 104: Nikola Jokic scored 30 points with 14 rebounds, and Michael Porter Jr. added 25 points for visiting Denver. Paul George scored 20 points for Los Angeles.

Jazz 106, Raptors 102: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 34 points to lead host Utah, which won for the second time in five games. Fred VanVleet had 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead Toronto.

Pelicans 140, T’wolves 136: Zion Williamson scored nine of his 37 points in overtime and visiting New Orleans rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter. Lonzo Ball had a career-high 33 points.

Mavericks 125, Wizards 124: Dorian Finney-Smith hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds for host Dallas. Luka Doncic finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 20 assists. Russell Westbrook had 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Washington, 12-3 in its past 15 games.

Magic 112, Grizzlies 111: Cole Anthony made a 3-pointer with 0.1 of a second remaining, giving him 26 points and host Orlando a win.

Heat 124, Cavaliers 107: Kendrick Nunn scored 22 points and Duncan Robinson had 20 for visiting Miami.

Hornets 107, Pistons 94: LaMelo Ball returned from a 21-game absence with 11 points, leading host Charlotte over Detroit. The point guard played 28 minutes and added eight rebounds and seven assists. Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 29 points.

Hawks 108, Bulls 97: Trae Young scored 33 points, Clint Capela had 20 points and 11 rebounds and host Atlanta snapped a three-game slide.

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