Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Lithuanian power forward Domantas Sabonis came close to a triple-double that allowed the Indiana Pacers to easily beat the Utah Jazz 121-94, which was not enough. great match of the Spanish Ricky Rubio (28 points).
Sabonis confirmed his great moment of form by contributing 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists that left him as the most complete player of the Pacers (11-6), who won the third consecutive game, despite having the loss of the star escort Victor Oladipo, injured with discomfort in the right knee.
Another tall man, pivot Myles Turner, got 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks that helped the Pacers in the defensive game.
The Jazz (8-9), who came to the game after having achieved a great home victory on Saturday against the Boston Celtics (86-98), had as a great figure the Spanish base Ricky Rubio, who found his best inspiration encestadora by contributing 28 points.
Rubio, who played 28 minutes, tied the best scorer in the season so far by scoring 10 of 13 field goals, including 5 of 6 triples, and 3 of 4 from the personnel line.
The player of El Masnou also distributed six assists, captured four rebounds – three defensive – recovered three balls, lost four and put a stopper.
Along with Rubio, the French center Rudy Gobert, became the best in the paint by providing a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, which did not prevent the third defeat that the Jazz suffered in the tour of four games that played .
The game was decided after the second quarter, which made the coach of the Jazz, Quin Snyder, in the last period, decided to sit all the headlines and give minutes to reservations.
With the success of Rubio, who scored 14 consecutive goals, and the Australian forward Joe Ingles, who scored a triple, the Jazz managed to get down in the score 47-41 after being down with partial 39-19 at the start of the second quarter.
But the Pacers responded with four consecutive points for a partial 57-47 at the end of the first part that increased with a 9-0 run at the start of the third quarter that was decisive.
Although Rubio kept his inspiration to score 10 of the next 12 goals of his team, Jazz in the end could not reduce a disadvantage that went to 27 points.