The bench effort of the Indiana Pacers was on point tonight, leading the blue and gold to a road victory over the Brooklyn Nets. C.J. Miles had a breakout night, scoring 27 points on 10-15 shooting with four three pointers, as many as he's made in the past 10 games combined. Miles had 15 in the second quarter as Indiana seized control of the game, outscoring Brooklyn 36-20 in the quarter to lead by 19 at the break.
The Nets made things interesting in the third quarter thanks in large part to Joe Johnson, who had 11 of his 20 in the third quarter, but Miles's return helped push a single-digit lead up to double figures for the win. Miles led a bench that outscored Brooklyn's 58-16, a staggering difference in a night the Pacers' starters were less than stellar. Lavoy Allen in particular followed up Miles well, scoring 12 points and coming up with eight rebounds.
Solomon Hill and Joe Young each had solid games as well, with Solo scoring seven with a three pointer and Young with eight on a pair of threes himself. Indiana as a team got three point contributions from just about everywhere, with the team hitting 12 of their 24 attempts, six different players hitting one. That included a pair each from George Hill and Paul George.
George was just 6-18 for the night, but many misses early came from playing for fouls instead of baskets, finishing with 17 points with six assists and five steals, helping cover up his four turnovers. Myles Turner had a poor shooting night himself, scoring nine on 4-11 shooting. Hill reached double figures with 13 on 4-8 shooting while Monta Ellis scored 11 on 5-7.
While the Nets threatened in the third quarter, Indiana never really put themselves in serious trouble. Indiana didn't allow tonight's game become a trap game, which is a good sign as they will put themselves in the win column heading to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Friday night.