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Indiana 124, Denver 88
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 24, 2019
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Officials: #52 Scott Twardoski, #31 Scott Wall, #23 Jason Phillips
Attendance: 17923

Bojan Bogdanovic exploded for 35 points while teammates Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis recorded double-doubles Sunday as the host Indiana Pacers avenged a loss to the Denver Nuggets last week with a 124-88 romp in a duel of teams battling for NBA playoff positioning.

The win allowed the Pacers (45-29), coming off a four-game road losing streak that included a 102-100 defeat in Denver on March 16, to solidify their standing as the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference with just eight games remaining.

Indiana still has two games on the schedule against current No. 5 seed Boston, one at each site.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets (49-23) failed in their quest to win a 50th game as they challenge Golden State for the top spot in the West.

Those two teams meet one final time in the regular season at Golden State on April 2.

As opposed to the previous meeting, which was tied until the Nuggets' Paul Millsap made a layup with seven seconds remaining, the Pacers took charge of the rematch early, expanding a 27-23 lead after one quarter to as many as 17 points in the second period.

The second half was never close.

Bogdanovic shot 13 for 16 overall and 5 for 6 on 3-pointers en route to the third-most points of his career and the second-most this season. He had 37 against Minnesota last month.

Turner finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Sabonis collected 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the Pacers allowed their second-fewest points this season.

They held Memphis to 83 on opening night.

It was the 27th time this season Indiana held its opponent under 100 points, the seventh time under 90. The Pacers are 7-0 in the latter games.

Aaron Holiday and Tyreke Evans added 11 points apiece for Indiana, which shot 56 percent overall and 44.4 percent on 3-pointers.

Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double in his 30 minutes with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Denver. He also had four blocks.

Will Barton (15 points), Monte Morris (12) and Gary Harris (11) also scored in double figures for the Nuggets, who were limited to 35.5 percent shooting overall and connected on just seven of their 29 3-pointers.

The 88-point total was Denver's fifth-lowest of the season, while the 36-point margin of defeat was its largest, surpassing the 31-point thumping the Nuggets took against Golden State in January.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Denver   Indiana
Nikola Jokic 19 Scoring Bojan Bogdanovic 35
Nikola Jokic 8 Assists Aaron Holiday 5
Nikola Jokic 11 Rebounds Domantas Sabonis 13
Mason Plumlee 4 Free Throws Made Bojan Bogdanovic 4
Malik Beasley 1 Steals Cory Joseph 4
Nikola Jokic 4 Blocks Myles Turner 2
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 88 35.5 7-29 15-16 21 41 7 5 17
Indiana 124 56.0 8-18 14-17 34 49 5 9 11
Upcoming Games
  • Indiana will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City. The Pacers have a W/L % of .614 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .740 after a win and .545 after a loss.