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Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 25 points — one of nine Pacers in double figures — and added four steals as host Indiana cruised to a 132-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Oladipo, who was 10 of 20 from the floor, also had seven rebounds for Indiana, which shot 55.4 percent from the floor including 66.7 percent (16 of 24) from 3-point range. Kyle O’Quinn finished with 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench, Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans each scored 15 points and Myles Turner added 14 points and eight rebounds for Indiana, which won its eighth straight over the Nets.
Joe Harris scored 19 points, hitting 5 of 6 of his 3-point shots, and Caris LeVert also finished with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting for Brooklyn. The Nets shot 47.7 percent from the floor, but just 43.2 percent (16 of 37) from 3-point range. D’Angelo Russell added 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets.
The lead see-sawed back and forth for much of the first half, with Russell hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Nets a 56-53 advantage with 4:07 to go in the second quarter. But Oladipo scored eight points to fuel a 14-2 run by the Pacers to end the half with a 67-58 halftime lead.
Indiana pushed its lead up to 14 points, 88-74, on a step-back jumper by Darren Collison with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter. The Nets cut the lead to eight on a free throw by Allen Crabbe, but Evans answered with a driving layup to give the Pacers a 95-85 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn closed to within 99-92 on a layup by Harris with 10:21 left but couldn’t close the gap further. Indiana blew the game open with a 13-0 run to go up 120-97 midway through the fourth quarter and cruised to its second win of the season.
Indiana was without forward Domantas Sabonis, who is day-to-day with a bruised knee suffered in Friday night’s 118-101 loss at Milwaukee. Brooklyn was without forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who missed the game for personal reasons after becoming a father on Thursday night.
Brooklyn plays the second game of its three-game road trip on Wednesday at Cleveland while Indiana starts a three-game road trip on Monday night at Minnesota.
—Field Level Media