BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It was a short, but successful, road trip for the Indiana Pacers (17-13).
Following a six-game homestand, Indy traveled to New York for a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets (11-18). The Pacers controlled most of Sunday’s game and will head back home with a 109-97 win.
Nets fans didn’t have much to cheer about on Sunday, but Allen Crabbe got them going early on. Crabbe scored 14 of Brooklyn’s first 19 points, as the Nets held a 19-14 edge in the first quarter. Brooklyn ultimately led 29-28 after one.
The tide turned for good in the second period, however.
Indiana went on a 19-8 run quickly, taking the lead and never looking back. Victor Oladipo scored eight of the Pacers’ final 11 points of the first half, giving the visitors a 59-48 advantage at the break.
The Pacers never trailed in the second half, but Brooklyn did make things interesting on a few occasions.
Indiana kept the Nets at arms length throughout the third, but Brooklyn made it a five-point game right off of the bat in the fourth. The Blue and Gold rattled off eight consecutive points in response, though, pushing their lead back into double-figures.
With four minutes to play in Sunday’s final period, Brooklyn did manage to cut Indy’s cushion down to seven points. The Pacers answered again, however, putting away Brooklyn for their second victory over the Nets this season.
Oladipo led the Pacers with an efficient night of shooting. The former Indiana University standout scored 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting.
Indiana’s bench was solid in this game, too. Domantas Sabonis and Cory Joseph were fantastic, scoring 17 and 15 points respectively.
Indy will be right back at home on Monday night. The Pacers will face the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.