Denver ends Indiana’s five-game winning streak.
LONDON — Coach Nate McMillan wanted a timeout. Jeff Teague, once the referees awarded the stoppage of play, used both hands to pound the ball down onto the court in frustration. Inside the huddle, the Indiana Pacers looked at the scoreboard as much as they did McMillan.
That scoreboard inside the O2 Arena on Thursday showed the Pacers trailing the Denver Nuggets by 30 points. This was not how the Pacers, in their first regular-season game overseas, envisioned their trip to London ending.
The entire fourth quarter still remained, yet the Pacers knew they had wasted perhaps all their goodwill with fans from the United Kingdom with an utterly embarrassing performance. Their defense reduced to rubbish, the Pacers, in front of sellout crowd of 18,689 fans, fell, rather swiftly, to the Nuggets in a 140-112 blowout loss.