Pacers go 4-1, finish in third at 2017 Orlando Summer League

By Pacers Media Relations Director David Benner:

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Indiana Pacers concluded play in the Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League with an 89-80 victory over Oklahoma City Thursday at the Amway Center.

The Pacers finished 4-1 and in third place after missing the championship game by a half point. In four previous games, teams earned one point for winning a quarter, four points for a win.

The Dallas Mavericks were champions of the eight team-field.

Thursday, the Pacers had just eight players available due to injuries and early departures. But those eight overcame a rough second quarter and 2-point halftime deficit to lead by as many as nine in the second half.

“The last two weeks we talked about playing hard, playing unselfish and respecting the game,” said Pacers summer league coach Popeye Jones. “Even though we we short-handed, that was what today’s game was all about. Even in this short period of time, we wanted to be a team that plays hard and physical. That’s what we want in Indiana.”

Jarnell Stokes led the Pacers with 17 points. Travis Leslie and Trey McKinney Jones added 13 each. Jordan Lloyd had seven points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Joe Young and T.J. Leaf both sat out the game with minor injuries.

The Pacers had six players average in double figures in Orlando, led by Travis Leslie and Jarnell Stokes’ 13.2 points per game. Both players were in the G-League last year.

Joe Young averaged 13 points and 5.8 assists per game, and rookie T.J. Leaf averaged 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over three games.

Georges Niang was injured less than 90 seconds into summer league play.

Rakeem Christmas suffered an ankle sprain before going to Orlando, and then re-aggrevated it. He played in just two of the fives games, and was waived by the Pacers on Thursday.

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