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GAME RECAP: Pacers 109, Nets 97

Victor Oladipo scores a game-high of 26 points and 7 rebounds as he leads the Indiana Pacers to victory over the Brooklyn Nets 109-97.

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GAME RECAP: Pacers 109, Nets 97

Victor Oladipo scores a game-high of 26 points and 7 rebounds as he leads the Indiana Pacers to victory over the Brooklyn Nets 109-97.
Dec 17, 2017  |  01:18

Oladipo Scores in 26 in #PacersWin in Brooklyn

Dec. 17, 2017 - Pacers guard Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting (4-of-6 from 3-point range) in Indiana's 109-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Dec 17, 2017  |  02:00

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Dec. 17, 2017

Dec. 17, 2017 - Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and Lance Stephenson speak with the media following the Pacers' 109-97 win over the Nets in Brooklyn.
Dec 17, 2017  |  01:48

Oladipo Punches the Lob

December 17, 2017 - Lance Stephenson tosses up a lob from the wing and Victor Oladipo rises above the defender to punch it home.
Dec 17, 2017  |  05:51

Turner Crushes the Pick & Roll

December 17, 2017 - Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner run the pick and roll leading to a monster dunk from Turner.
Dec 17, 2017  |  04:33

DC Closes the Third

December 17, 2017 - Darren Collison pulls up and connects on the clutch jumper to end the third quarter.
Dec 17, 2017  |  05:29

Turner Feeds Cutting Oladipo

December 17, 2017 - Myles Turner spots Victor Oladipo on the backdoor cut for the slam.
Dec 17, 2017  |  07:56

Sabonis Block to Joseph Jumper

December 17, 2017 - Domantas Sabonis rejects the Nets at the rim leading to a smooth pull-up jumper from Cory Joseph.
Dec 17, 2017  |  07:36

Pacers Force Shot Clock Violation

December 17, 2017 - The Pacers turn up the defensive pressure, leading to a Sabonis block and shot clock violation.
Dec 17, 2017  |  07:36

Pacers Work the Offense

December 17, 2017: Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets - Highlights
Dec 17, 2017  |  07:36

Game Rewind: Pacers 109, Nets 97

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM ET at Barclays Center
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Game Recap

After dropping two straight games, the Pacers (17-13) bounced back on Sunday night in Brooklyn, handling the Nets (11-18) in a 109-97 win at the Barclays Center.

Victor Oladipo scored 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead five Pacers players in double figures as Indiana won for the second time in as many games this season against the Nets. The Pacers previously beat Brooklyn 140-131 in the season opener for both teams on Oct. 18.

It was a positive performance for Indiana in their first road game in over two weeks after a season-long, six-game homestand.

"We dropped two at home and we just felt like, okay, it's time to get on the road," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "It's a conference game, it's a tough game...we knew this was going to be a challenge and I thought our guys responded."

Nets forward Allen Crabbe put on a show in the opening minutes on Sunday. Crabbe scored 14 of Brooklyn's first 19 points — including nine points in an 11-0 run — to help the Nets open up a 19-14 lead.

But besides Crabbe's outburst, it was a remarkably even first quarter, featuring six ties and 11 lead changes, with the Nets taking a 29-28 advantage into the second period.

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The Pacers surged in front early in the second quarter, opening the frame with a 19-8 run. The Pacers held the hosts at bay the rest of the half and Oladipo scored the last eight points for Indiana to help them take an 11-point lead into the break.

Indiana maintained at least a two-possession lead throughout the third quarter and Darren Collison's buzzer-beating jumper gave the visitors an 80-72 lead heading into the fourth.

Jarrett Allen's three-point play on the opening possession of the final period trimmed the Nets' deficit to five, but the Pacers responded with eight unanswered points to stretch their lead back to double digits.

Brooklyn later used a 9-2 run to make it a 96-89 game with four minutes to play, but Cory Joseph's baseline jumper and a subsequent technical foul on Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson effectively put the game away.

The Pacers got strong contributions from their bench on Sunday. Domantas Sabonis tallied 17 points and eight rebounds, while Joseph added 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, six rebounds, and three assists.

"We feel like we're very talented, one of the best benches in the league, and we try to give a spark," Joseph told FOX Sports Indiana's Jeremiah Johnson after the game.

Myles Turner (16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, six boards, and two blocks) and Collison (14 points and seven assists) also scored in double figures for Indiana.

Crabbe led the Nets with 17 points. Quincy Acy, Joe Harris, and Caris LeVert each scored 14 points in the loss.

The Pacers will conclude a back-to-back on Monday night, when they return to Indianapolis to host the East-leading Boston Celtics at 7:00 PM ET.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers shot 56.6 percent from the field in the win, while holding the Nets to just 42 percent shooting.

Joseph's 15 points were his second-most in a game this season and he matched his season high with four free throw attempts. He had scored a total of just nine points over his last three games on 4-of-17 shooting.

Collison's seven assists were his most since dishing out 10 in a win over the Knicks on Dec. 4. The veteran point guard had averaged just 2.4 assists over his past five contests.

Oladipo has scored 20 or more points in 21 games this season.

Turner had two blocks and has recorded at least one rejection in all 23 games he's played this season.

Indiana allowed just two fastbreak points on Sunday, the fewest fastbreak points by a Pacers opponent all season.

You Can Quote Me On That

"It's still a work in progress with Victor. We like the growth that we've seen. Again, we knew he had potential,
his ability to play with the ball or play off the ball, he’s shown that. His speed, there's only a few guys that
have the speed that he has. Really what he's learning to do is use that speed." -McMillan on Oladipo

"I think we did a great job today. It was a great team win. It's a tough place to play, tough team to play
against and we did a great job of playing a 48-minute game and we gotta build on it." -Oladipo

"It's always fun coming back home. It's good to play in front of my family, my kids and all my friends back
home. It's always good to come back out here. I go to all my favorite food spots, see all my friends, so it's
always good to come back." -Pacers guard and Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson

"I thought they were the more physical team, the more energetic team. Credit to them. I thought they took us out of our stuff, pressured us, ran us off our cuts, bumped us off screens – so really heck of a game by the Pacers." -Atkinson

Stat of the Night

The Pacers outrebounded Brooklyn, 43-29. Their +14 rebounding margin was one short of their season high, set in a win at Minnesota on Oct. 24.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers lead the all-time series with the Nets 102-72 and are 6-4 at the Barclays Center.
  • Indiana has won five straight games against the Nets, including two in Brooklyn.
  • The Pacers are now 5-2 on the season when playing the first night of a back-to-back.

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