The signing of Wesley Matthews was worth it for the Pacers for at least one night.
With the game tied at 106 with less than 10 seconds to play, Matthews capitalized on a put-back off of a Bojan Bogdanovich miss to give the Pacers a 108-106 win over the Thunder.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 15, 2019
Indiana now leads the 76ers by 1/2 game in the race for the third playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Matthews scored 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting in the game and is averaging 12.6 points since joining Indiana in free agency after he was bought out by the Knicks.
The Pacers are 44-25 on the season, while Philadelphia is 43-25.
Studs of the Night
Paul George scored 36 points while adding six rebounds and five assists in the loss to the Pacers.
Kyrie Irving had a 31-point triple double with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the Celtics’ 126-120 win over the Kings. Buddy Hield had 34 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the game as well.
LeBron James had 29 points, six assists and four rebounds, but the Lakers fell to the Raptors, 111-98.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 12 rebounds, though the Timberwolves fell, 120-100, to the Jazz.
Dud of the Night
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope couldn’t find the range from the 3-point line as he went 1-of-8 from beyond the arc with nine points and five rebounds in the loss to the Raptors.
Donovan Mitchell threw one down on the baseline in the Jazz’s win over the Timberwolves.
— NBA (@NBA) March 15, 2019
Kings (33-34) at 76ers (43-25) 7 p.m. ET — The Kings were unable to make up ground on the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference as they fell to the Celtics on Thursday. Philadelphia fell behind Indiana by 1/2 game with the Pacers’ win over the Thunder. Both teams at the least want this game. The Kings need it.