Wednesday’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets would mark the first of four games that these teams would play against each other. The Brooklyn Nets finished last season with a 20-62 record, placing them in the last place in the Eastern Conference while the Pacers finished with a 42-40 record. The Pacers would end up losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2017 Playoffs, 0-4. The Pacers would look to succeed this season without their superstar, Paul George.
The Nets would shoot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as a team while the Pacers shot forty-four percent from the field. Victor Oladipo would heat up for twelve points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Texas-native Myles Turner would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also collected three defensive rebounds while Darren Collison dropped six points and dished off three assists.
On the other end of the court, new-point guard D’Angelo Russell ended up scoring eight points, six of them coming from beyond the arc. Trevor Booker would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting seven points. Allen Crabbe would put up five points while pulling down four defensive rebounds as the Nets walked into the second quarter with a 30 to 29 lead.
During the second quarter, the Nets shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Indiana team would shoot forty-eight percent. Former Philadelphia 76ers’ power Thaddeus Young would drop nine points which would include one three-pointer. He also gobbled up three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds. Maryland-native Victor Oladipo would shoot put up seven more points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process. Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to record six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.
As for the New York team, Russell would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up eight more points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field. Lin would put up seven points while drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Rondae-Hollis-Jefferson, Timofey Mozgov and Trevor Booker would each score four points but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 65 to 63 lead.
The Indiana Pacers would go on a 41 to 35 run in the third quarter, shooting sixty-eight percent from the field while limiting the Brooklyn Nets to forty-seven percent. Collison would heat up for eleven points while shooting eighty percent from the field. He would also collect two rebounds and five assists. Bojan Bogdanovic would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer. Stephenson would come off of the bench to also put up seven points but he would only shoot forty-three percent from the field.
On the other end of the court, Lin would score seven points, earning them all from the free-throw line. Quincy Acy would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while Ohio-native Caris LeVert would put up five points. Russell would only be limited to four points, earning two of them from the charity stripe but it was the Pacers who would have a 106-98 lead at the end of the third.
The last quarter would be tight as the Nets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Pacers ended up shooting forty-six percent from the field. Former Los Angeles Lakers’ point D’Angelo Russell would heat up for ten points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so. DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker would each earn themselves five points while shooting fifty percent from the field. Caroll would earn three of his points from behind the arc while collecting three rebounds. Booker earned three of his points from the free-throw line while collecting four rebounds.
As for the Indiana team, Cory Joseph dropped seven points off of the bench while shooting sixty percent from the field. Turner would collect six points which would include four free-throws. He would also grab four rebounds while Young put up four points, earning two of them from the free-throw line. He also pulled down five rebounds as the Indiana Pacers would pull away with a 140 to 131 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Victor Oladipo would finish the game with twenty-two points, five rebounds and four assists while D’Angelo Russell finished with thirty points, three rebounds and five assists.