NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Utah
(Saturday, January 26th)
Final Score: Utah 114, Indiana 110 (OT)
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Paul
Millsap added 21 points and five steals to lead the Utah Jazz to a
controversial, 114-110, overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
Trailing 112-107 with 6.4 seconds left, George Hill nailed a deep 3-pointer to
pull the Pacers within two with just 2.2 ticks showing.
Millsap then appeared to throw the inbounds pass off the backboard then caught
the carom in bounds and was quickly fouled.
The officials huddled briefly to discuss the play, but ruled the ball
hit the side of the backboard -- which is considered in play -- and Millsap
sunk the ensuing free throws.
"The referees made a call we have to live with. My interpretation is if the
ball goes out of bounds they can review who it was off of," said Pacers coach
Frank Vogel. "The question there was did it go out of bounds, did it hit the
back of the backboard triggering it out of bounds? They did not call it that
way so it's not reviewable. That's my understanding."
Five sides of the backboard -- the front, both sides and both the top and
bottom -- are considered in play, and anything behind the backboard is
considered out of bounds.
David West's pass on the ensuing inbounds play sailed out of bounds and the
Jazz held on for the win.
"It's another win. The guys, I thought, after last night showed a lot of poise
to come in and play against a physical team like these guys," said Jazz coach
Tyrone Corbin. "The fight that these guys have shown all year and continue to
show is encouraging."
Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and dished out six assists, Randy Foye scored
14 points and Derrick Favors added 11 for the Jazz, who improved to 15-4 at
EnergySolutions Arena this season.
West finished with 24 points, Paul George added 23 and Hill finished with 22
for the Pacers, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time since
dropping two straight on Dec. 7 and Dec. 9.
Utah led 97-89 with 2:44 left in regulation, but the Pacers outscored Utah,
9-1 to force the bonus period.
The Jazz scored the first six points of overtime to open up a 104-98 lead, but
the Pacers were able to pull within 108-104 with just over 1 1/2 minutes left.
A Jefferson layup with 34.7 seconds left made it a six point game at 110-104,
but George canned a trey four seconds later to cut Indiana's deficit to
Following a George miss, Hayward was fouled but injured his right shoulder on
the play and was forced to leave the game with 7.9 seconds left.
After a Utah timeout, Foye was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws
to give the Jazz a 112-107 cushion with 6.4 seconds to go.
The Jazz led 27-24 after the first period, but went into the break trailing
48-45. Utah outscored Indiana 31-20 in the third to take a 76-68 lead into
the fourth period.
The Jazz scored 28 points off of 22 Indiana turnovers ... Utah has won five of
its last six ... The Jazz shot 53 percent (44-for-83) from the field and the
Pacers went 44-for-81 (54.3 percent) from the floor ... Pacers center Roy
Hibbert finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
01/27 01:29:48 ET
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