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Oladipo to lead Pacers against Rockets
Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers
- The Rockets have won two straight road games after dropping five of their first six overall. Houston has gone 3-1 on the road thus far, and boast a league-leading 34-11 (.756) record away from home since the beginning of last season.
- The Pacers have won three in a row, and five of their last six, and sit at 7-3 through 10 games. This ties the fourth-best start in franchise history, trailing only 2013-14 (9-1), 2002-03 (9-1) and 2003-04 (8-2).
- Houston beat Indiana twice last season, holding the Pacers under 100 points in both games. The Rockets have gone 33-3 (.917) when holding opponents under 100 since last season, while the Pacers have gone 9-20 (.310) when failing to score 100 over that span.
- Carmelo Anthony averaged 8.3 points over his first three games off the bench, shooting 32.1 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from three. In his last three games as a sub, Anthony has averaged 22.3 points on 60.5 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three.
- Myles Turner reached 400 career blocks in his most recent game against the Celtics after reaching 100 made three-pointers against the Timberwolves on October 22. In the last 30 seasons, only Raef LaFrentz (170 games) and Andrei Kirilenko (204) reached these milestones in fewer games that Turner's 216.
- Houston leads the NBA with 41.3 three-pointers attempted per game, but ranks 23rd in three-point percentage at 33.6. Indiana attempts 23.6 three-pointers per game, second fewest in the NBA (Cle -- 22.8), but ranks fourth in three-point percentage at 39.0.
- Raptors go up 3-2 behind Leonard's 35
- Giannis, Harden lead All-NBA first team
- Durant out, Cousins iffy for Game 1
- Suns' Holmes arrested for marijuana
- Gobert, George, Giannis head All-defense
INDIANAPOLIS - The 2017-18 NBA Most Improved Player keeps getting better.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who earned that honor last season, hit a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to give the host Pacers a 102-101 victory over Boston Saturday night. Entering Monday night's game with Houston (3-5) is averaging points for Indiana (7-3).
"That really reminds me of shot he hit last year," said Pacers coach Nate McMillan, whose team has won three in a row. "It was a close ballgame and he pulls up and hits a 3. But very similar shot he took (against Boston). It just gave him confidence throughout last season to believe in himself. He now believes in himself. He wants that shot. He didn't hesitate."
Oladipo grabbed the rebound, paused for a second to see if McMillan was going to take a timeout.
"I was reading it," Oladipo said. "When I saw them pick me up pretty high. I just got to my spot and then shot the ball with confidence."
Oladipo, who has been battling bronchitis for the past several days, then got a steal to seal the game.
Domantas Sabonis, who was traded to Indiana from Oklahoma City with Oladipo before the '17-18 season, has watched Oladipo's growth.
"His confidence level is at a really high point and he's just amazing," Sabonis said. "Last year he did it many times and this year he keeps getting better and better."
Oladipo, who is averaging 22.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, had 24 points and 12 rebounds against Boston, his second consecutive double-double.
Meanwhile, the reigning MVP is coming to town.
After missing three games with a strained left hamstring injury, James Harden returned to score 25 points in a 96-88 victory over host Chicago.
"Just playing a full game, contact and all that," Harden said. "I felt like it's been a minute so I just wanted to get out there and try to be myself."
Harden said he had too many turnovers. That will improve once he gets his rhythm back, Harden said.
"Once we get a full user and get guys into rotations and comfortable, sky's the limit for us," Harden said.
Rockets guard Chris Paul said it was good to see Harden return. Paul said the key will be to keep getting bodies back.
Against Chicago, the Rockets were without injured guard Eric Gordon. Gordon, an Indianapolis native, has been ruled out for Monday's game as well with a strained right adductor.
The Rockets have used five different lineups in eight games.
"For us, it's about building, but we've got to pile up some wins," said Paul, who was suspended for two games for an altercation with the Los Angeles Lakers last month. "Regardless of how it looks right now, we've just got to get some marks in the left column."
Trailing the Bulls by two points at halftime, Houston held a 21-7 edge in third quarter.
Houston forward Carmelo Anthony said the second-half showing was key for the Rockets.
"Any time you can take it up another level coming out of halftime that's key," said Anthony, who is averaging 15.5 points. "These last two games we've been doing that. The good teams and great teams are very good at coming out of halftime, these past two games we've shown how good a team we can be."
Updated November 4, 2018