Myles Turner shined in his Indiana Pacers debut with a game-high 20 points in Saturday’s Orlando Summer League opener.
The Miami Heat won the game, 92-76, but Turner was a strong inside presence as the 7-foot center hit 8-of-11 shots including a 3-pointer, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
The 19-year-old Texas center, selected with the 11th overall choice in the NBA Draft, played a team-high 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
Unfortunately for the Pacers, their most experienced player had a rough game. Forward Solomon Hill made only one shot in 10 attempts and finished with four points.
Pacers shooting guard Jarell Eddie scored 16 points. Eddie is a Developmental League pro who played for Austin (Texas) Stars.
Miami’s first-round choice, forward Justise Winslow, led the Heat with 15 points. The Duke rookie, selected one spot ahead of Turner, made 4-of-8 shots with one 3-pointer in three attempts, and added three assists and two steals. He was a game-high plus-28.
The Pacers’ second-round draft choice, Joseph Young, was not yet with the team due to travel.
Indiana plays its second game Monday against the Orlando Magic White squad.
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