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Pacers Summer League final score: Pacers blowout Nets 116-79

Indiana left no doubt against Brooklyn, dominating the third quarter en route to a dominating win. C.J. Wilcox led the Pacers with 22 points, Henry Sims scored 21.

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The Indiana Pacers ended their Las Vegas Summer League debut on a positive note, dispatching of the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers led by 11 at halftime, but exploded in the third, outscoring Brooklyn 39-17. The onslaught continued into the fourth, as the lead extended out to 41, holding the Nets scoreless for three and a half minutes into the fourth.

Indiana wrapped up Summer League play without Aaron Holiday and T.J. Leaf, giving extended run elsewhere. C.J. Wilcox and Henry Sims led the way for the Pacers with 22 and 21 points respectively, shooting a combined 14-20 from the floor with eight threes. Wilcox himself had six, giving the Pacers a much needed threat from deep they had been missing throughout this Summer League.

Of the three roster players who did suit up, Edmond Sumner led the way with 13 points. He was 3-7 from the floor, but went 7-7 from the free throw line on a night the Pacers were outstanding as a team at 23-24, another rarity in this Summer League. Sumner also joined the lead for the Pacers in steals (2) and blocks (1), including a monster block on Yuta Watanabe.

Ben Moore did have his shot working, going a perfect 3-3 for seven points with three rebounds and two steals. Alize Johnson continued to impress in his 22 minutes, nearing another double double at nine points and 10 rebounds. Johnson has struggled making shots throughout the Summer League, but did wrap up a nice and-one in the second quarter.

The overall takeaway from this Summer League is that it’s immensely more fun to watch than the Orlando Summer League was, but from a team standpoint, there were some real positives to take away from guys like Sumner and Moore. Both needed to show something heading into their seconds seasons and succeeded in doing so. Moore in particular looked overwhelmed in his NBA appearances, but his action was a blast to watch.

Things were a little more dicey for Leaf, who showed some positives, but the heightened expectations of his first real offseason brought his shortcomings to more scrutiny. His shooting was a mess, but he showed an ability to get to the rim and to rebound. After a dazzling first game, Holiday also struggled, finishing at just 34% shooting, showing how far he will have to go in terms of adjusting to the NBA game, but he showed a lot of raw positives in his scoring and playmaking that can translate as long as he can find some consistency in shooting and limit his turnovers.

The Summer League MVP for the Pacers probably was Johnson, simply because of the embodiment of what Indiana fans love to see from a player: hustle, hustle, and more hustle. Beyond his rebounding, Johnson also showed the abilities to control the ball, which will be interesting to see if it can translate to the next level.

Though the wins and losses weren’t quite there for the Pacers, there was some reassurance from the deepest parts of Indiana’s roster. The next step will be the long, dark offseason as Kevin Pritchard and the front office will look to finalize the roster before the start of training camp in September.