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The New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Indiana Pacers in a gut-punch of a loss on Monday, 118-116. Despite leading by six points with under 30 seconds remaining, the Pelicans squandered away their lead in regulation and fell in overtime on a Malcolm Brogdon floater in the final seconds.
While Ball had a direct hand in the end-of-regulation sequence that allowed Myles Turner to tie the game with a three, Monday was an overall strong performance from the guard. Ball finished with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and hit 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from three.
Aside from the turnover, Ball had his hand in a number of big-play moments on the night. His two threes in a 75-second span in the fourth quarter game New Orleans a seven-point lead with just over four minutes remaining. In overtime, Ball tied the game with a fastbreak dunk after a Victor Oladipo turnover with 25.5 seconds remaining.
While his night will ultimately be remembered for the turnover late in regulation, Monday was perhaps Ball’s best night of the season given both his efficiency and the timeliness of his baskets.