After looking like an average team to the Detroit Pistons, the Nets vs Pacers matchup didn’t disappoint for Brooklyn. The Nets needed a turnaround victory after losing to the worst team in the Eastern Conference. The team used 34 points from Kyrie Irving to push past the Indiana Pacers 104-94 on Wednesday night.
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Along with Irving’s 35 points, he added eight assists to snap Brooklyn’s three-game losing streak. After losing to the Pistons, Irving claimed that the team was playing average. The Nets allowed 38 points to the Pistons in the first quarter but this time around, the team looked a lot calmer.
A large lead in the first half
- The Nets led by 32 points at halftime with a 62-30 lead.
- It was the largest lead at the break since the team moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
- It nearly broke a team record, but their 30 points allowed in half was just two more points since the team moved to New Jersey.
- Irving led the way with a perfect 17-of-17 showing at the free-throw line.
Pitching in Nets vs Pacers
- James Harden threw in a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds.
- DeAndre Jordan did finish with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
- Jordan and Harden looked to be in a better mood after Harden called out Jordan for his defensive play against the Pistons.
- Joe Harris added 17 points.
Pacers are trending downwards
- Damontas Sabonis led the Pacers, losers of four straight, with 18 points and nine rebounds.
- In the first seven minutes of the game, the Pacers missed 10 of their first 12 shots.
- On Sunday, the Pacers recorded a season-low of 95 points, which was broken tonight.
Nets vs Pacers game analysis & commentary
After playing a weak defensive game against the Pistons, the Nets vs Pacers game was not going to be the same. The Nets did a better job of playing hard and tough. The defense was the name of the game. As a sidenote, Caris LeVert, who was traded in the Harden deal, was at the game tonight.
A tremendous first quarter
The Nets held the Pacers to 18 points in the first quarter. The Pacers had just six points in the first seven minutes of the game. Ever since Victor Oladipo was traded, the Pacers are having a hard time finding players to get the ball in the net outside of Sabonis. The second quarter was worse when the team shot 19% from the field.
Capitalizing at the free-throw line in Nets vs Pacers
The Nets shot 31-of-35 from the foul line in comparison to the Pacers shooting 7-of-11 from the line. Irving made half of the team’s free throw shots. It’s a testament to the team’s offense for converting at the line.
The win improved the Nets to 15-12 overall on the season. Kevin Durant should be back after missing three games. The Nets travel to California to take on the Golden State Warriors.