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Game Rewind: Pacers 114, Nets 100

Game Recap

C.J. Miles broke out of his shooting slump in a big way on Wednesday night, leading the Pacers (26-23) to a 114-100 road win over the Brooklyn Nets (12-38).

Miles, who hadn't scored in double figures for seven straight games entering Wednesday's contest, exploded for 27 points against the Nets. His red-hot second quarter helped Indiana open up a sizeable lead that they really never relinquished.

The Pacers found their shooting stroke in the first half of Wednesday's game in Brooklyn, burying 8-of-11 attempts from 3-point range over the first two quarters. Starters Paul George, George Hill, and Monta Ellis set the tone early, all knocking down a triple in the opening minutes.

But it was Indiana's bench that really allowed the visitors to create separation. The Pacers scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to open up a double digit lead. All told, Indiana's reserves accounted for 33 points in the first half.

No player was better than Miles, who scored 15 points in the second quarter. The backup forward had struggled to find a rhythm offensively in recent weeks, but he finally found his shooting stroke on Wednesday, going 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range in the period.

"I played within what we were doing," Miles told FOX Sports Indiana's Jeremiah Johnson after the win. "We played with pace in the second unit. I got some good looks, got off screens...I was able to get to the basket and mix it up."

Indiana led by 19 at the half and never allowed Brooklyn to creep closer than nine points over the final two quarters. The Blue & Gold had plenty of offense on this particular night, particularly from its bench, which combined for 58 points, four shy of the team's season high.

"If we can come in and provide a punch like that, play with energy, not be a drop off — either make leads higher or keep them steady — and keep (the starters) rested, that's always great," Miles said.

Miles' 27 points were his most since Dec. 3. The veteran swingman knocked down 10-of-15 shots overall and went 4-for-7 on the night from beyond the 3-point arc.

"It's great," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said of Miles' breakout performance. "That's who he is, he goes in and out. He slumps at times, but it usually comes back around and when he gets going, he's pretty unstoppable. He had a great performance."

Four players joined Miles in double figures on the evening. George went just 6-for-18 from the field, but still managed 17 points, four rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Hill knocked down a pair of 3-pointers en route to 13 points, while Lavoy Allen chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Ellis added 11 points, six boards, and five assists.

Center Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 21 points and eight rebounds. Joe Johnson added 20 points and nine assists, while Thaddeus Young (16 points and 14 rebounds) recorded a double-double in the loss.

After picking up their third win in their last four games, the Pacers will now travel to Atlanta for a nationally televised meeting with the Hawks on Friday night at 7:00 PM ET.

Inside the Numbers

Though he shot nearly 44 percent from 3-point range in November, Miles had made just four of his last 39 attempts from beyond the arc (10.3 percent) before his 4-for-7 performance in Wednesday's contest.

Miles had scored 20 or more points in seven of his first 25 games to open the season, but he hadn't reached that mark since Dec. 23, an 18-game span.

While the Pacers' bench exploded for 58 points, Indiana kept the Nets' reserves in check. Brooklyn's bench managed just 16 points on the evening.

With six points on 3-for-3 shooting, Pacers center Jordan Hill surpassed 3,000 points for his career.

The Pacers made 12-of-24 shots from 3-point range in the victory, the most 3-pointers the Blue & Gold have made in a game since they knocked down 13 triples in a loss to Milwaukee on Dec. 31.

Rookie forward Myles Turner had nine points and was just 4-for-11 from the field, but he did manage to block three shots, his third straight game with three or more rejections.

You Can Quote Me On That

"I want these guys to strive for greatness on the defensive end. I think there are a lot of positives. We’re very encouraged about who we’re becoming as a basketball team." - Vogel

"If C.J. (Miles) gets hot like he did in November, I get hot like I was in November, Monta (Ellis) continues to play well, Myles (Turner) steps up and continues to play at a high level like he’s doing, we get Ian (Mahinmi) back from injuries, we get (Rodney) Stuckey back from injuries, this team can be pretty scary." -George

"It feels like you’re in the summertime with your coaches working on things and it’s always fun that way. You can remember the plays, but you don’t remember thinking. It’s just like – you go. It’s like clockwork, and it’s great to be able to have that feel." -Miles on what it feels like when he's got a hot hand

"We just had a scoring drought, and it got away from us. We tried to fight back the rest of the game, but we couldn’t do it." -Lopez

"I think C.J. (Miles) came in and he got hot and he was making tough shots. You know, it seemed like it triggered on down because now all the attention and focus was on him and other guys were able to get involved and get easy layups and just get easy plays, so you know, it was a tough one." -Johnson

Stat of the Night

C.J. Miles scored 27 points in Wednesday's win. Over his previous six games, Miles had scored a total of just 22 points.

Noteworthy

  • With the win, the Pacers are now 2-0 on the year against the Nets. They also won on Dec. 18 in Indianapolis, 104-97.
  • Indiana is now 96-70 all-time against the Nets and 4-2 in games played in Brooklyn.
  • Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi missed his third straight game on Wednesday with a sore lower back.
  • The Pacers are now 3-1 on the season when Miles leads the team in scoring.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to Atlanta for their second meeting with the Hawks in eight days. The Pacers and Hawks will play on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 PM ET at Philips Arena in a game televised locally on FOX Sports Indiana and nationally on ESPN.