His third 3 of the period cut the Atlanta lead to 97-91. A follow shot by Domantas Sabonis, who had 14 points, pulled the Pacers to 101-99.
Schroder answered with a layup with 44 seconds remaining, and then added another driving layup following an Indiana turnover.
“We wanted to be the aggressors but they came out harder than us,” Sabonis said.
The last time the Grizzlies recorded a winless full calendar month was when the Vancouver Grizzlies lost all 17 of their contests in March 1996 during the franchise’s inaugural season. “We should’ve won some of the games in the month of February,” Gasol said. Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff added: “You go back and look through the month, we had opportunities to win games. We had games that came down to the stretch where we just weren’t able to make enough plays.”
The Grizzlies problems started almost immediately as Memphis committed six turnovers in the first 3 minutes. “Turnovers got the best of us early,” Bickerstaff said. “.I think we had nine turnovers in the first quarter, and some of those were careless turnovers.”
What makes the Wizards’ streak impressive is that they’re doing it without All-Star point guard John Wall. It was their eighth win in the 11 games since he underwent successful knee surgery on January 31.
“In his absence, we’re making sure everybody steps up,” Kelly Oubre Jr. said
Dallas settled for a 49-47 lead at the half after opening an 11-point lead in the first quarter and 14-point advantage in the second. The Mavericks raced ahead 10-0 just 3:12 in on Barnes’ driving dunk and went up 21-10 on Smith’s jumper with 4:51 left.
Dallas stretched the lead to 42-28 on JJ Barea’s 3-pointer 4:04 into the second quarter, but an 11-0 run, capped by LaVine’s three-point play, got the Bulls back into the game.
The Mavericks made their first five field goal attempts of the third, including consecutive 3s by Wesley Matthews, Smith and Barnes to open the lead to 62-52. Dallas stretched the lead to 73-59 on Smith’s running layup midway through the quarter.