Nets vs. Pacers

Myles Turner records 28 points and 10 rebounds, Paul George adds 15 points as the Pacers defeat the Nets.

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Nets vs. Pacers

Myles Turner records 28 points and 10 rebounds, Paul George adds 15 points as the Pacers defeat the Nets.
Apr 10, 2016  |  01:34

Postgame Wrap Up: Pacers-Nets 160410

April 10, 2016 - The Indiana Pacers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-105 Sunday night, clinching a playoff berth. Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray recaps the game and gets reaction from players and coaches from both teams.
Apr 10, 2016  |  03:50

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room 160410

April 10, 2016 - Pacers players Paul George, Ian Mahinmi, and Myles Turner reflect on their 129-105 playoff-clinching victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday evening.
Apr 10, 2016  |  04:03

Postgame: Frank Vogel Press Conference 160410

April 10, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel discusses Indiana's 129-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 10, 2016  |  05:17

Turner Drops 28 on the Nets

April 10, 2016 - Highlights from Pacers rookie Myles Turner's 28-point performance against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 10, 2016  |  01:59

Lawson to Turner

April 10, 2016 - Pacers point guard Ty Lawson finds rookie Myles Turner for the emphatic dunk late in Indiana's comfortable victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:10

Special Sequence for Pacers

April 10, 2016 - Rodney Stuckey finds Myles Turner for a reverse jam on the alley oop and then Ty Lawson steals the ensuing inbounds pass and scores.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:16

Postgame: Nets Locker Room 160410

April 10, 2016 - Brooklyn coach Tony Brown and players Sean Kilpatrick and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson spoke about their 105-129 loss to the Pacers.
Apr 10, 2016  |  01:10

Stuckey Lobs to Turner

April 10, 2016 - Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey finds rookie Myles Turner with the lob to push Indiana's lead to 30 points over the Nets.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:10

Turner's Double-Double

Myles Turner records a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pacers over the Nets.
Apr 10, 2016  |  01:55

MIles for Three

C.J. Miles buries the 3-pointer from downtown.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:19

Miles with the Block at the Buzzer

April 10, 2016 - Pacers forward C.J. Miles blocks Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick's shot at the end of the first quarter.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:09

Pacers Start Fast

April 10, 2016 - The Pacers used an 11-0 run to open up an early double-digit lead over the visiting Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:29

Ian with the Slam

April 10, 2016 - Pacers center Ian Mahinmi gets an early dunk at the start of Sunday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:11

Pacers Honor 2016 IHSAA State Champions

April 10, 2016 - The Pacers honored the eight 2016 girls and boys basketball 2016 IHSAA state championship teams at halftime of the team's final Hickory Night game of the season.
Apr 10, 2016  |  05:08

Grady, Denari Honored by ISSA

April 10, 2016 - The Pacers honored Michael Grady, the PA announcer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, for being named the Marv Bates Sportscaster of the Year and Chris Denari, the television voice of the Pacers, for being inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame.
Apr 10, 2016  |  00:42

Pacers Prefer Winning over Resting

by Mark Montieth
Pacers.com Writer
@MarkMontieth

The Pacers are in the playoffs, but in the NBA there's always a new challenge ahead. Theirs is to decide whether to relieve some aching joints over the last two games of the regular season or build momentum and go after the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.

From the sound of things following Sunday's 129-105 victory over a down-and-out Brooklyn team, winning will trump resting. Wins in their final two games will guarantee the Pacers the seeding that likely brings Toronto as a first-round opponent rather than Cleveland, but they won't need that many if Detroit loses to Miami (which is fighting for homecourt advantage in the first round) on Tuesday or Cleveland (which could be resting its starters) on Wednesday.

The final steps of the Pacers' 82-game path are a home game with New York on Tuesday and a road game at Milwaukee on Wednesday. That's hardly the Mt. Everest of remaining schedules, but one could debate the merits of resting starters to prepare for the postseason.

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The team's oldest player wants to play, though.

"I don't believe in rest," 30-year-old Monta Ellis said Sunday. "It's time to turn it on. I just think the more we play the sharper we'll be going into the playoffs.

"If we were up in the third or fourth seed, I'd look forward to rest, but these last two games...I don't think it's right to get rest and sit for games. It's time for us to continue to play and get sharper and go into the playoffs with great momentum and positive energy."

Fortunately for Ellis, coach Frank Vogel concurs. None of the Pacers are saying they prefer playing Toronto over Cleveland, which needs just one more victory to clinch the No. 1 seed, but they likely feel that way. Toronto is challenge enough, having won 54 games so far and having defeated the Pacers in three of four meetings this season, but isn't as imposing or playoff-hardened as Cleveland.

Vogel was succinct when asked about it on Sunday: "Seeding is still to be determined, so our intent is to play," he said.

An exception could be made for Paul George, who has played all 80 games after missing all but six last season while recovering from a broken leg. George suffered a leg contusion against New Orleans on March 24 and hasn't been quite at full strength in the eight games since then. He's continued to play well – 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 22 ½ minutes on Sunday – and had set a goal of playing all 82 as a mean of thumbing his nose at his broken leg. Time off sounds good, though.

"I do think rest is good for some of us," he said.

Not necessarily him, though. He said he'll talk with the training staff and coaching staff and go along with whatever they recommend.

"I'll take it day to day," he said.

Momentum remains important to the Pacers. They have talked about the difficulty of flipping a switch and playing better in the postseason, and they know the short history of teams that back into it. Winning their final two games would give them somewhat of a streak: six wins in their final seven games, interrupted by a king-sized dud in Toronto.

They bounced back from that loss in impressive fashion on Sunday, taking control from the opening tip and building a lead that reached 42 points in the third quarter. It would be a shame, they seem to think, to step back now.

A mistake as well.

"You can't just turn it on," Ellis said. "If we go into the playoffs playing bad or struggling, we're going to struggle. These last two games are very important for us to come together as a team and get momentum going."


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