Oladipo scores 25 points to lead Pacers past Nets 132-112
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 132-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Kyle O’Quinn came off the bench and scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans each scored 15 points for the Pacers, who bounced back following a 118-101 loss at Milwaukee on Friday, the first night of a back-to-back.
Joe Harris and Caris LeVert each scored 19 points for the Nets, who have lost seven straight at Indiana.
The Pacers used a quick 13-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to pull away.
O’Quinn scored back-to-back baskets, Oladipo made a 3-pointer, and Evans scored twice, including a layup, to give the Pacers a 122-99 lead with 6:01 remaining.
The Pacers went on a 14-3 run to close out the first half and led 67-58 at halftime.
The Pacers led by as many as eight points in the first quarter after scoring eight straight with two jumpers by Cory Joseph, a 3-pointer by Oladipo and a free throw by Evans that made it 33-25 with 44.5 seconds remaining in the period.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Robions Kurucs had layups to make it 33-29 at the end of the first quarter.
Nets: Kurucs needed assistance going to the locker room after injuring his left ankle with 10:29 left in the fourth quarter. . F Treveon Graham, who strained his left hamstring in Friday’s 107-105 win over the New York Knicks, was out. . G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring sprain), and forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (personal reasons), DeMarre Carroll (right ankle arthroscopy) and Alan Williams (right ankle sprain) were out against the Pacers.
Pacers: O’Quinn also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots. . F Domantas Sabonis was out with a bruised right knee and F TJ Leaf was out with a sprained left ankle.
A HABIT OF STEALING
Oladipo finished with four steals after not getting any in the first two games of the regular season. When he didn’t record a steal in Indiana’s regular-season opener against Memphis, Oladipo’s streak of 64 straight games with at least one steal came to an end. Oladipo led the league with 177 steals and 2.4 per game in the 2017-18 regular season.
The Nets shot 43.2 percent (16 of 37) from 3-point range and made six 3s in the second quarter to regain the lead briefly when D’Angelo Russell made one to put Brooklyn ahead 56-53 with 4:07 remaining in the first half. The Pacers shot 66.7 percent (16 of 24) from 3 and made five in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.
Nets: At Cleveland on Wednesday for the second of three road games.
Pacers: At Minnesota on Monday for the first of three straight games on the road.