Another double-digit deficit. Another comeback. Starting to sound like a story you’ve read before?
The Brooklyn Nets took the Indiana Pacers into the final 0.9 seconds of overtime before the Pacers would complete a 19-point comeback.
Brooklyn switched to a zone defense in the fourth quarter which aided their own comeback. Starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie tied a career-best 26 points as he applied consistent pressure on the Pacers in the second half.
Victor Oladipo found a way to dominate the game yet again leading the Pacers with a game-high 38 points. Efficiency was key as Oladipo shot 13-23 from the field to go with six assists and four rebounds. The fifth-year pro went 10-10 from the foul line in Saturday’s contest.
Myles Turner tied a career-high in blocks with six on his way to 23 points and nine rebounds.
The win puts Indiana at 19-14 on the year, good enough for the no. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn’s loss sends them to 12-20 on the year and in the no. 11 spot.
Indiana will have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off before traveling north to battle Detroit in a series finale. This game is notable because of the playoff implications it could have later in the year.
If the Pacers win, they tie with the Pistons on the year at 2-2. If the Pistons win, they own the series lead at 3-1 and would hold a tiebreaker, should both teams finish the season with identical records.
Currently, Indiana holds a half-game lead over Detroit.