George, bench, lead Pacers to win over Nets

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)((Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images))

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 23 points, reserve Jordan Hill had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-97 on Friday night.

Rodney Stuckey added 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Pacers (16-9), who won their third consecutive game.

The Pacers have won four of their last five games after dropping three in a row. Their 16th victory last season did not come until two weeks before the All-Star break.

Jarrett Jack had his second-best offensive game of the season, scoring 26 points for Brooklyn in its first road game since Nov. 28.

Thaddeus Young had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets. Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Andrea Bargnani had 12 in his fifth game back from injury.