T.J. McConnell set an NBA record with nine steals in the first half and posted his second career triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists and a franchise-best 10 steals, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 114-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. McConnell also went 8 of 8 from the field in 36 minutes off the bench as Indiana rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter and snapped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak.
Having to play without two starters — T.J. Warren and Caris LeVert — for as long as Indiana has would rattle all but the deepest teams. Those two have logged a total of 117 minutes — all Warren’s before he underwent left foot surgery four games into the season. LeVert, in the James Harden/Victor Oladipo blockbuster trade in January, needed surgery to remove a cancerous mass on his left kidney found during his physical.
Nikola Jokic had 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Michael Porter Jr. added 24 points Thursday night, leading the Denver Nuggets past the Indiana Pacers 113-103. Denver closed out the first half of the season with four straight road wins. Indiana was led by Myles Turner’s 22 points and a season-high tying 12 rebounds, but lost for the fifth time in six games.