Age: 30 Height: 6-8 Weight: 221 lbs School: Georgia Tech
Myles Turner held his ground Monday night. The young center scored a season-high 26 points, made two 3-pointers, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked Kelly Oubre Jr.'s driving layup with 4:16 left to help the Pacers steady themselves long enough to hold on for a 109-101 victory after Washington nearly erased a 25-point second-half deficit. ''Myles did a hell of a job controlling the paint for us and he altered a lot of shots,'' Thaddeus Young said after finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Indiana Pacers are showing their frontcourt is a force to be reckoned with, even without injured All-Star guard Victor Oladipo. Starting forwards Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 38 points Saturday night in a 107-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings, while centers Myles Turner and Domantis Sabonis fortified the interior of Indiana's rising defense. Oladipo missed his 10th straight game.
Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein is having a breakout season — 14.6 points per game on 53.4 percent shooting, with 8.2 rebounds a game, playing more minutes and in a larger role for the surprising Kings. Now he can add hitting a game-winner to the list with this putback dunk of a De'Aaron Fox miss. Cauley-Stein was sliding along the baseline in the dunker’s spot, and Thaddeus Young was focused on helping on De’Aaron Fox’s drive not getting a body on a rebounder, letting the Kings’ big man get into position to win the game.