Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Indiana Pacers are on the longest losing streak of the season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss tonight. They will hope to do that as they host the Brooklyn Nets at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Nets, on the other hand, are hoping to steer clear from a second consecutive loss.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season. The last time they met up was on November 18 when the Pacers blew the Nets out, 115-86. During that game, Aaron Holiday scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Pacers and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 192 times in the past as the Pacers won 112 victories while the Nets were limited to 80 wins.
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (knee; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-Chris Chiozza (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 30.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.5 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 46.3 3P%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.9 APG, 29.3 FG%, 19.5 3P%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Jeremiah Martin (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 3P%)
-Goga Bitadze (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.1 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Aaron Holiday (coach’s decision; 9.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 41.5 FG%, 41.3 3P%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 59.3 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (4.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
The game would be kept close in the first half as the Nets shot thirty-nine percent from the field while the Pacers shot forty-seven percent. Taurean Prince scored 12 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process. Both Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert had eight points each while Spencer Dinwiddie earned six points. Garrett Temple played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points himself.
On the other end of the court, Myles Turner chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers. He also had two rebounds and one steal while T.J. Warren helped out with 11 points on fifty-percent shooting. Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo combined for 13 points while Malcolm Brogdon was kept scoreless. Justin Holiday played 14 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Nets went into halftime with a 51 to 48 lead.
The Pacers would attempt to make a comeback as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty percent. Sabonis dropped 15 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted. Warren added 8 more points to his scoring total while Oladipo and Brogdon combined for 13 points.
As for the New York team, Dinwiddie scored 15 points but shot only twenty-seven percent. Former Cavaliers’ player Joe Harris contributed with 14 points which held four three-pointers. DeAndre Jordan played 16 minutes off the bench as he recorded 9 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks.
With fifty seconds left in the game, the Pacers would hold a 103-99 lead. Harris would then make a driving layup to bring the Nets within two. Nineteen seconds later, he went and made a 28-foot three-pointer to take the lead. Sabonis responded with a two-point jump shot to give the Pacers the lead again.
Out of a Nets’ timeout and with five seconds left, Spencer Dinwiddie made a clutch 21-foot step-back jump shot to give the visiting team an one-point lead. Brogdon attempted to take a game-winning three-point shot with one second left but missed as the Nets held on to take a 106-105 win. Dinwiddie finished the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and one block while Sabonis had 23 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying 11 assists, and one steal.
The Brooklyn Nets will host Pascal Siakam (23.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (39-14) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the fourth and final time that they play each other this season. February 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Raptors crept away with a 119-118 win. Fred VanVleet finished that game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists while Caris LeVert had 37 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.
The Indiana Pacers will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 54.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (45-7) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on December 22 when the Pacers fell to the Bucks, 117-89. During that game, Wesley Matthews scored 19 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.