October 18, 2018 / 1:55 AM / a month ago

Pacers run away from Grizzlies in easy opener

The host Indiana Pacers held the Memphis Grizzlies to 18 points in the first 17 minutes of their season, running off to a big lead and coasting to a 111-83 victory in the NBA opener for both teams Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Bojan Bogdanovic hit his first six shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, en route to a team-high 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 as the Pacers blew out a Grizzlies team they had struggled to sweep in the two-game season series last year.

Despite missing nine of his 11 shots, Marc Gasol led Memphis with 13 points.

The Grizzlies, who lost four- and three-point decisions to the Pacers last season, found themselves in an 8-8 tie in the sixth minute of the game before being held without a field goal for the next 3:31, during which Indiana built a 17-9 advantage and never looked back.

The contest became a blowout early in the second period when Bogdanovic nailed one of his 3-pointers in a 13-0 Pacers burst that produced a 41-18 lead with 6:46 left in the half.

Indiana led 56-39 at halftime and kept Memphis at arm’s length throughout the final 24 minutes.

Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and completed a double-double with a game-high 15 rebounds off the bench for the Pacers, who shot 56.6 percent from the field.

Tyreke Evans (14), Doug McDermott (12), Cory Joseph (11) and Thaddeus Young (10) also scored in double figures for Indiana, which won 48 games last season.

Mike Conley, who missed the final 69 games last season with an Achilles injury, returned to score 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting for the Grizzlies. He had just three assists in 29 minutes.

Garrett Temple had 12 points and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. 10 for Memphis, which shot just 29.8 percent from the field.

The Grizzlies ended last season losing 29 of their final 33 games.

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