Turner Becomes 1st Pacers Rookie Since 1986-87 with 20 and 15

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Turner Becomes 1st Pacers Rookie Since 1986-87 with 20 and 15
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Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner celebrated his 20th birthday in memorable fashion during Thursday's 92-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, becoming the first Pacers rookie since Chuck Person in 1986-87 to record 20 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in a game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The 6'11" rookie led an otherwise sluggish Indiana squad to victory, finishing with a team-high 24 points, career-high 16 rebounds, three blocks and an assist over 33 minutes.

No other Pacer had more than 19 points (reserve guard/forward C.J. Miles scored the second-most points) or four rebounds (four players), allowing an injury-depleted Pelicans squad to nearly come away with a victory while playing without Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon—the team's five leaders in both points per game and minutes per game.

The Pacers largely escaped thanks to an efficient shooting performance from Turner, who made 11 of his 17 field-goal attempts and both of his free throws, albeit with a trio of turnovers mixed in.

Selected 11th overall out of the University of Texas in the 2015 NBA draft, Turner already has a reliable mid-range jumper, which has helped him obtain averages of 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.4 steals over just 23.0 minutes per game.

Of course, those numbers understate his current impact, as he was only a fringe member of the rotation through the first few months of the season.

In his 18 appearances since the All-Star break, Turner has averaged 12.3 points, 6.4 boards, 0.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.6 steals over 27.8 minutes. 

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