GAME RECAP: Nets 106, Pacers 105
Spencer Dinwiddie scores 21 points in the win vs. Indiana 106-105.
Spencer Dinwiddie scores 21 points in the win vs. Indiana 106-105.
February 10, 2020 - Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and Doug McDermott respond to the 105-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feb. 10, 2020 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan addresses the media following Indiana's 106-105 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Game Rewind: Pacers 105, Nets 106
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Pacers looked on their way to snapping a five-game skid on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but Spencer Dinwiddie had other ideas.
The Nets' point guard hit the go-ahead basket with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift Brooklyn (24-28) to a 106-105 road win. It was the fifth straight home loss for Indiana (31-23).
The loss spoiled a solid outing from the Blue & Gold, who had five players score in double figures. Domantas Sabonis led the way with his fourth triple-double of the season, tallying 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
"It's tough," Sabonis said. "I think collectively as a group we played a lot better...the feeling was great out there, it's just a tough way to lose."
The Pacers got off to a fast start offensively, connecting on seven of their first nine attempts. Sabonis scored three buckets on the interior, Victor Oladipo added a midrange jumper and a 3-pointer, while Myles Turner drilled a corner three and converted a three-point play to give Indiana an early 17-15 lead.
But Brooklyn answered with a 13-4 run to move back in front. Indiana closed the frame with a 7-2 spurt, but still entered the second quarter trailing, 30-28.
The Nets built their lead back to as high as seven points midway through the second quarter. Brooklyn maintained its advantage until halftime, but the Pacers were able to whittle four points off before the break.
T.J. Warren's driving dunk off a dish from Sabonis made it a one-point game with 20.8 seconds left in the half, but Jarrett Allen's layup just before the halftime buzzer pushed the visitors' lead back to 51-48.
The Nets led 69-61 after Joe Harris' 3-pointer with 6:16 left in the third quarter before the Pacers mounted a charge. Indiana reeled off an 8-2 run — featuring the first four points of the night for point guard Malcolm Brogdon on a driving layup and then a dunk.
Brooklyn used a Garrett Temple 3-pointer and two free throws by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to push its lead back to seven before Indiana's second unit took over.
First, T.J. McConnell got a layup. Then, McConnell stole Luwawu-Cabarrot's pass and pushed a break that ended with Sabonis kicking out to Doug McDermott for an open three. Then after another McConnell steal and a foul on DeAndre Jordan, the Pacers ran a dribble handoff from Sabonis to McDermott. Temple fouled McDermott on the shot, but the former Creighton sharpshooter was still able to get the shot to fall and unleashed a fierce uppercut fist-pump as the ball fell through the net.
McDermott's ensuing free throw gave the Blue & Gold a two-point lead and a Sabonis dunk in the closing seconds of the quarter extended Indiana's advantage to 80-77 entering the fourth quarter.
"We've been doing our thing all year," McDermott said of Indiana's bench unit. "We come in and we try to change the game. I thought we did a real good job tonight when we were down tonight to bring that game back in and give our starters a chance to close the game."
The Pacers remained in front in the early minutes of the final frame, extending the lead to 93-87 on Warren's floater with 6:13 to play. The Nets reeled off four straight points to make it a two-point game and had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead, but Warren intercepted a pass, springing a break that ended with Oladipo dishing to Sabonis for a layup with 4:28 to play.
Dinwiddie scored over Sabonis to once again make it a two-point game, but Oladipo had the answer, drilling a pull-up jumper with 3:55 remaining. Dinwiddie hit two foul shots with 3:01 left, but this time it was Brogdon hitting a jumper with 2:39 to play.
On the other end, Jordan scored on an alley-oop dunk, but once again the Pacers answered, with Brogdon driving and dishing to Sabonis for a layup with 2:02 remaining. After two more Dinwiddie free throws, Sabonis then drove and dished to Warren for a one-handed runner that made it 103-99 with 1:24 to play.
Indiana finally got a stop on the other end when Jordan missed a layup, but they gave the ball back to Brooklyn after Brogdon missed a floater on the other end.
Harris' layup with 46.9 seconds left trimmed the deficit back to two and then after Oladipo missed a 3-pointer, Harris drilled an open trey from the left wing with 27.2 seconds left to give Brooklyn a stunning lead.
The Pacers elected not to call a timeout and fed the ball inside to Sabonis. Indiana's All-Star forward bulldozed his way down onto the block, scoring the go-ahead bucket with 9.9 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, the Nets put the ball in Dinwiddie's hands. Brogdon played good defense at the top of the key, but Dinwiddie drilled a step-back shot to put Brooklyn back in front with 3.8 seconds to play.
The Nets used their foul to give on Oladipo with 2.7 seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbound, Brogdon tried to run a give-and-go with Sabonis, but the Nets contested it well and forced a miss, handing Indiana its sixth straight loss.
"We'll get better, it's just one of those games, man," McDermott said. "We've had a lot of these lately. It stinks, but we can't do anything about it...We've just got to let it go and move it forward, but I thought there were a lot of positives tonight."
Warren finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Indiana. Turner added 15 points and five boards, McDermott had 13 points and four boards off the bench, and Oladipo finished with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, four rebounds, and three assists.
Monday's game was the first time all season that the Pacers started their preferred starting lineup of Brogdon, Oladipo, Warren, Turner and Sabonis, a unit that showed promise, but is clearly still working out some kinks as Oladipo returns from a year-long layoff with a ruptured quad tendon.
"I think we did better in some areas," Oladipo said. "Obviously, we've got to be better at closing. But at the end of the day, we've just got to learn and figure out what works best for us."
Dinwiddie led the Nets with 21 points, going 13-for-15 from the free throw line, while also tallying six boards and 11 assists. Harris added 15 points and eight boards, while Jordan finished with 11 points and 19 rebounds off the bench.
The Pacers have just one more chance to snap their skid before the All-Star break and it won't be easy, as they host reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the East-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM ET.
Inside the Numbers
Sabonis recorded his 41st double-double of the season and his fourth triple-double in his last 12 games.
Indiana committed just six turnovers in the loss.
The Pacers outscored Brooklyn 58-38 in the paint.
The Nets had a commanding advantage at the free throw line. Brooklyn went 24-for-32 from the charity stripe, while the Pacers shot just 11 foul shots, hitting eight.
You Can Quote Me On That
"It comes down to the same thing every night, guarding and you have to execute on the offensive end of the floor. We had a four-point lead there late. You've got to win that. You've got to score and you've got to get stops and we didn't do that again." -Pacers head coach Nate McMillan
"We just have to figure things out. I think we're out there even though it was a close game. I don't feel like we were playing free. I feel like guys were out there thinking too much. When you play the game of basketball, if you think too much you'll outthink the game." -Oladipo
"I'm just trying to be aggressive. My teammates are doing a great job of cutting and working without the ball. Coach always says 'play without the ball,' and they are doing a great job. If teams are doubling me, I can't shoot and I'm just trying to make the right read and they are finishing. They are making shots." -Sabonis on his increased assist totals
"That shot was an iso. Get the shot off with enough time for DJ to rebound it and give yourself another chance. So that’s what I tried to do." -Dinwiddie on the game-winning shot
"We talked about rebounding before the game, everybody getting a body not just a couple of guys battling with Sabonis or Turner, where they'd had their way with us the first couple of games. Obviously, DJ had 19 rebounds and whenever you have anyone board like that, it makes everybody's job a lot easier but we had a lot of good guard rebounding effort." -Harris
Stat of the Night
The Pacers' six-game skid is their longest losing streak since they also dropped six in a row from Feb. 8-16, 2017. The last time Indiana lost five consecutive home contests was from Jan. 19 - Feb. 5, 2008.
- Indiana leads the season series with the Nets, 2-1. The road team has won all three games thus far. The two teams meet once more on April 3 in Indianapolis.
- After returning to the rotation for the past four games while Warren nursed a concussion and then Oladipo sat out a game on the second night of a back-to-back, second-year guard Aaron Holiday did not see the floor on Monday.
- McMillan picked up a technical foul for arguing a call with 1:30 left in the first quarter.
The Pacers host Giannis Anteokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 PM ET in their final game before the All-Star break. Find Tickets »
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