MILWAUKEE, WI.– The Pacers debuted their whole new lineup and jerseys in front of an empty Milwaukee Bucks crowd and won 104-86 to open the preseason!
The first points came within the first two minutes when Victor Oladipo made a driving layup with an assist from Bojan Bogdanovic. They took a 2-1 lead and never trailed or looked back after the play.
Myles Turner took full advantage of being the alpha dog, scoring 17 points, adding 9 rebounds, and blocking 3 shots for a strong preseason debut in just 24 minutes.
“This team is expecting a lot. I’m expecting to go out and win games,” Turner said after the win. “People can say what they want, but we have a competitive group here. [This is] a team that is going to get after it all year. I think we did a solid job tonight.” (Via Pacers.com)
In his first game for the Blue and Gold, Victor Oladipo did not disappoint. Oladipo played 24 minutes with 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. He shot the ball 6-for-15 on field goals, and 1-for-4 on three-pointers. Oladipo is very familiar with the Hoosier State, as his alma mater was Indiana University.
“It felt good to go out there and play against somebody else. Like I said, it’s preseason. It’s about getting used to playing with each other, seeing where we are at [and] seeing where we need to improve on.” -Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (Via Pacers.com)
The bench looked solid for Indiana with Lance Stephenson leading the way. Stephenson backed him up for his 2017 debut also with 17 points. He added 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals to his total.
Domantas Sabonis, TJ Leaf, and Cory Joseph both played well in their Pacers debut off the bench. Sabonis played 14 minutes and scored 8 points while hauling in 5 rebounds. Leaf in 17 minutes, only shot the ball three times and made two baskets. He scored 4 points and added rebound and block. Joseph played just as well as we expected, scoring 8 points in 18 minutes. He added 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals to his total.
By halftime, the Pacers led 56-49 in somewhat control of Milwaukee. In the third and fourth quarters, Indiana really piled the scoring on the Bucks and took complete control of the game. Milwaukee tried rallying but it was too late for the high-tempo Pacers offense and defense.
It was an overall solid debut for all the new and returning Pacers. The team seemed to have the right confidence and morale to go out and win games. The team chemistry also seemed to play out very well and proved key in the first win of the preseason for Indiana.
UP NEXT: Pacers take on the Cavaliers on the road Friday.