Blazers' rally falls short in loss at Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS The Trail Blazers could sense a little deja vu breaking out at Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but it never quite materialized.
Two nights after rallying from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Charlotte in double overtime, Portland trimmed an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to four before falling 99-92 at Indiana.
The Blazers (8-11) ended a seven-game road trip with a 2-5 record, the wins coming in overtime against Cleveland and the Bobcats.
Portland trailed 82-64 early in the fourth quarter when the surge began. The Blazers, led by Wesley Matthews, scored on 11 straight possessions and used a 17-3 run to get to within 85-81 with seven minutes remaining.
The Pacers (10-9) stabilized, though, and pulled out their second victory in as many nights after beating Chicago 80-76 on Tuesday.
Paul George collected 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Indiana while David West chipped in 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go with 10 rebounds.
Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 23 points and had six assists with no turnovers in a sterling 43-minute performance. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 10 rebounds but made only 5 of 14 shots from the field.
The Blazers got out hot, jumping to leads of 13-4 and 19-9. But Indiana closed to within 21-20 after one quarter, and it was tight until the Pacers went on a 10-0 run and broke away for a 79-64 edge going into the final period.
NOTES: Portland begins a five-game homestand Saturday against Sacramento. ... Lillard was honored Wednesday as the NBAs rookie of the month for November. ... J.J. Hickson went for his ninth double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers. ... Indianas Roy Hibbert, who signed a lucrative contract as a free agent last summer after Portland tendered an offer sheet, missed his first six shots. He finished with 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting and had seven rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes.