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NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Indiana



(Monday, November 11th)

Final Score: Indiana 95, Memphis 79

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Stephenson recorded his first career triple-double, Paul George came through with another big night and the Indiana Pacers extended the best start in franchise history with a 95-79 drubbing of the Memphis Grizzlies at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Stephenson tallied 13 points, matched a career high with 11 rebounds and dished out a personal-best 12 assists in a superb all-around effort that catapulted the Pacers to 8-0 on the young season. George, named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier Monday, justified that selection by racking up a game-high 23 points along with seven boards.

Four other Indiana players scored in double figures, and the Pacers outrebounded the Grizzlies by a 45-32 overall margin while pulling away in the second half.

"Paul George is playing at an all-world level," Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger remarked. "They're an elite team, there's no question."

Marc Gasol paced Memphis, which has alternated losses and wins in each of their first seven outings, with 15 points. Zach Randolph finished with 12 in the setback.

This matchup between two teams that reached the finals of their respective conferences last season was no contest at all, with the red-hot Pacers leading virtually start-to-finish to remain the NBA's lone remaining unbeaten.

Indiana closed out the first quarter with a 6-0 run and held the Grizzlies to a 27.3 percent shooting percentage for the period in building an early 23-16 advantage. The margin grew to double digits just over a minute into the second, when Stephenson's bucket from beyond the arc put the Pacers up by a 28-18 count, and went to 12 midway through the frame after Ian Mahinmi converted a conventional 3-point play for a 38-26 score.

The Grizzlies managed to close the gap some prior to the break, with Gasol sinking 1-of-2 foul shots with under a second left to cap an 11-6 swing that brought Memphis within 46-39 at intermission.

Memphis would get no closer, however. Stephenson buried another triple to begin the second half, while George Hill netted five points during an 8-2 spurt later in the third quarter that staked Indiana to a 61-46 lead.

"Lance was a force out there with his triple-double," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "But the most impressive thing about it to me, clearly, is only one turnover. Twelve assists, one turnover. He's been one of our most efficient players all year and that trend continued tonight."

The Pacers went into the fourth quarter up comfortably at 72-55, then ripped off eight consecutive points to begin the stanza to create a 25-point differential with under 10 1/2 minutes to go. Indiana was ahead by at least 15 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Indiana is the first team to start out 8-0 since the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans each did so in 2010-11 ... Memphis forward Quincy Pondexter did not return after breaking his nose in the second quarter ... Hill ended with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting ... The Grizzlies have lost three straight on the road to begin a season for the first time since 2009-10 ... Memphis rookie Nick Calathes, serving as the backup point guard with Jerryd Bayless (knee) sidelined, set career highs with six assists and 25 minutes played.

11/12 00:05:18 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
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y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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