Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 42 points on 18-of-22 shooting and Lance Stephenson contributed 16 points and 14 assists off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers (15-25) to a 125-113 (33-27, 28-25, 29-34, 35-27) win over the Utah Jazz (28-12) in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

Player of the Game
Domantas  Sabonis
EFF
43
Domantas Sabonis
Points 42
Accuracy 18-22
Rebounds 6
Assists 3

Sabonis scored 18 points in the first quarter as the Pacers established an early lead en route to snapping a six-game losing streak.

Domantas, who arranged a fantastic solo show, not only improved his personal performance record in the NBA but also surpassed Linas Kleiza's achievement on January 18, 2008, Kleiza scored 41 points (13/21 FG, 11/14 FT) in 42 minutes against the Jazz as well.

"Tonight, it was my day," the Lithuanian big man said after the game. "The defense played us in a way where the role was open more. I just took advantage of that."

"He's my guy," added Sabonis about Stephenson, who played together in the 2017-18 campaign. "Me and him have a chemistry in the pick-and-roll. He does a great job in reading the game."

Head coach Rick Carlisle also mentioned the special connection between Domas and Lance: "Lance has a lot to do with that career-high by Domas. They fit together. Lance has the ability to be unpredictable yet under control."

Stephenson went 7 for 12 and pulled in six rebounds, and Indiana shot 55 percent overall. Duane Washington Jr. added 16 points and Justin Holiday had 15.

Utah lost for the second straight night, although this game had more of a sense of normalcy than its setback in Toronto on Friday, when eight regular players missed the game due to injuries and COVID-19.

Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in this one with 36 points on 13-for-27 shooting and chipped in nine assists after missing Friday's game with a back injury. Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson, both of whom sat out Friday, finished with 21 and 18, respectively.

3-pointers this season

33%
11,6
Points made: 11,6
Accuracy: 32,7%
Place in standings: 22
Record max: 19
Record min: 6
Most made 3FGs: Justin Holiday

The Jazz were without Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles, both of whom are in the NBA's health and safety protocol.

The Pacers closed out the first quarter on an 18-7 run for a 33-27 lead. Sabonis established himself early by hitting all seven attempts in that period.

Indiana built its lead to 14 before the Jazz responded with a 9-0 run. Bolstered by 56.1 percent shooting, including 52.9 percent from 3-point range, the Pacers took a 61-52 lead into halftime.

Indiana held a 70-57 lead when Mike Conley hit a pull-up jumper to ignite the Jazz. Utah fired off 12 straight points, including 3-pointers by Mitchell and Bogdanovic.

Stephenson, playing for the second time in Indiana after signing a 10-day contract, made a couple of buckets to end Utah's surge. He received a loud ovation from the home crowd after scoring 30 points on Wednesday.

The Jazz pulled within one point of the Pacers on seven different occasions in the latter part of the third quarter, but Indiana never relinquished the lead.

Utah called a timeout after Sabonis dunked for a 101-95 lead with 6:50 remaining. Mitchell then cut the lead to four, but Holiday fueled an 8-0 Pacers run for a 109-97 advantage.

Utah never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis 42 (15/18 2PT, 3/4 3PT, 6 REB), Duane Washington 16 (3/7 3PT, 5/6 FT, 5 AST), Lance Stephenson 16 (6/9 2PT, 6 REB, 14 AST, 4 STL), Justin Holiday 15 (4/6 3PT).

Jazz: Donovan Mitchell 36 (7/15 2PT, 6/12 3PT, 9 AST), Bojan Bogdanovic 21 (4/7 2PT, 3/9 3PT, 6 REB), Jordan Clarkson 18 (5/10 2PT, 2/5 3PT).

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Indiana Pacers
Utah Jazz
55%
44/80
Field goals
48%
40/84
49
Rebounds
41
30
Assists
20
9
Steals
6
21
Fouls
25
72%
23/32
Free throws
95%
18/19

Best players

Domantas  Sabonis
42 PTS
18/22 FG
3/4 FT
Donovan  Mitchell
36 PTS
13/27 FG
4/4 FT
Indiana Pacers
Few players
6 REB
Hassan  Whiteside
8 REB
5 DREB
3 OREB
Lance  Stephenson
14 As
1 TO
29 MIN
Donovan  Mitchell
9 As
2 TO
37 MIN
Domantas  Sabonis
43 EFF
83% 2P%
75% 3P%
Donovan  Mitchell
27 EFF
47% 2P%
50% 3P%