Both teams were missing their primary playmakers in Kyrie Irving, Caris Levert, Victor Oladipo and Malcolm Brogdon. This was obvious as the teams put together dreadful offensive performances in the first quarter, which led to an 18-18 score at the end of the period.
One of the teams needed a role player to step up. The Pacers got that from the Holiday brothers. Aaron Holiday put together the best performance of his career behind 24 points and 13 assists and 6 rebounds. His brother also had a strong shooting performance with four three-pointers.
This led to Indiana’s second-quarter explosion.
Two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long also contributed to this run as he ran the second unit at point guard in the absence of T.J. McConnell and shined with 7 points in the quarter. He finished the game with 12 points and 3 assists.
Justin Holiday also scored 10 points in the quarter as he staggered with the second unit. Another interesting wrinkle the team had was playing Domantas Sabonis and Goga Bitadze together once Sabonis got inserted back into the lineup. The duo performed particularly well defensively.
The second quarter run gave Indiana a 59-35 lead at halftime.
The Nets got their offense going in the third behind 16 points from Spencer Dinwiddie. This cut the lead to 16 points entering the third quarter.
That wasn’t enough in the long-run. The Pacers continued to hold off the Nets in the final quarter on their way to the victory.
The Nets were led by Dinwiddie with 28 points and 8 assists.
The defense recorded one of their strongest performances of the season as well, holding the Nets to 35.7% shooting from the field. Sabonis’ dominance on the boards also contributed to that effort, as he finished with 18 rebounds.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak by the Pacers. The team has four days of rest before their next game as they do not play the Orlando Magic until Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The team will use that time to get many of their impact players healthy like Brogdon, McConnell and Jeremy Lamb.
The win puts the Pacers at 8-6 on their year. The Nets fall to 5-8.