It looked like the Indiana Pacers‘ current 10-plus point win margin streak was going to be in jeopardy on Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets, but a strong second half kept the streak alive and pushed it to four straight games.
Indiana got off to a rocky start after being off for five days. The Pacers led by seven midway through the first quarter, but the Nets fought back and cut the lead to two. Both teams scored 29 points in the second quarter, which left a two-point game at halftime. In typical Pacers fashion, they came out strong in the second half and put the Nets away in a 105-91 victory.
It was the Pacers’ fourth straight game of scoring over 100 points (10th of the season), but the Nets did break the Pacers’ three-game streak of holding their opponent below 90 points.
All five Pacers starters scored in double-digits, including three with 20-plus points. Paul George led the way with 24 points, George Hill added 21 and Lance Stephenson put the NBA universe on triple-double watch after just the first quarter. Stephenson failed to get the triple-double with 23 points, seven assists and nine rebounds, but he tried to get it within the flow of the game for the first time, instead of forcing it.
The win puts the Pacers back in a first-place tie with Oklahoma City for the league’s best record at 24-5. Indiana and Brooklyn get a month between them playing their final game against each other, and you can be assured that the Pacers will still be at the top of the Eastern Conference while the Nets will remain scrambling at the bottom.