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Teague, Turner lead Pacers past Nets for 4th straight win

Jeff Teague scored 21 points and dished out 15 assists Thursday night as the Pacers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 121-109. (Photo courtesy of McGrath)

INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Teague scored 21 points and had 15 assists. Myles Turner added 25 points and 15 rebounds. Paul George scored 26. And for the fourth consecutive game, things seemed to go the Pacers way once again Thursday night as they defeated the visiting Brooklyn Nets 121-109.

The attack was well-balanced and the machine well-oiled; Indiana’s pace at the level it envisioned before the season. The Pacers led virtually the entire way and used an 18-4 run to go up by 21 points in the third quarter. Brooklyn was simply unable to match the offensive firepower all night.

Eight players scored at least eight points for Indiana and the offense continued to impress as it has during the winning streak. The ball has continued to move at a high level, set up by improved play from point guard Jeff Teague, who had nine assists in the third quarter alone.

“We’re just really moving the ball,” Myles Turner said. “It starts with Jeff. He’s really moving the ball and even if he doesn’t get the assist, he gets the hockey assist.”

The improved shot selection has also elevated the rest of the offensive execution for Indiana, who turned the ball over just six times.

“I think we know what we want to do, and I think we’re playing together,” Teague said afterward. “Everybody’s moving the ball and the open man gets the shot.”

Turner’s performance put him into rare company, as he became just the fourth player in the last 30 years to record 25 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in a game while being 20 years or younger. The others on that list include Shaquille O’Neal, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Paul George added that Turner’s continued improvement has also been a key to the recent success.

“A lot of shots tonight he passed up, and we were kind of surprised,” George said about Turner. “Usually when Myles catches it the first thing is it’s going up. He’s starting to understand the patience.”

The four game winning streak has pushed the Pacers to 19-18 on the season, putting them in prime position to establish themselves as the second-best team in the Central division and a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference before the All-Star break.

Indiana has just one game remaining (at home Saturday versus the Knicks) before they will travel to London for a game against the Denver Nuggets next Thursday.

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