Oladipo scores 25 points to lead Pacers past Nets

first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots the basketball defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo credits solid defense for the Indiana Pacers’ strong offensive production.“I think defensively we were really good (and) I think that’s why we were effective offensively,” Oladipo said after scoring 25 points with seven rebounds and leading Indiana to a 132-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Tatum scores 24, Celtics edge Knicks “When we play at a high level defensively, we give ourselves a great chance to win,” Oladipo said. “We have to build on it. We just have to keep getting better. If we do that and continue to keep growing, continue to keep playing with confidence on good days and bad days, the sky’s the limit for us.”“We got stops tonight,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought our defense was good. They made some tough 3s in that first half. We made them work for those shots in the first half and we felt like if we continued to work like that, that eventually they would break. In the second half, we kind of wore them down and they started to miss those same shots that they were making. You have to force misses in order to get out and play your pace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJoe Harris and Caris LeVert each scored 19 points for the Nets, who have lost seven straight at Indiana.The Pacers used a quick 13-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to pull away. TIP INSNets: Kurucs needed assistance going to the locker room after injuring his left ankle with 10:29 left in the fourth quarter. . F Treveon Graham, who strained his left hamstring in Friday’s 107-105 win over the New York Knicks, was out. . G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring sprain), and forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (personal reasons), DeMarre Carroll (right ankle arthroscopy) and Alan Williams (right ankle sprain) were out against the Pacers.Pacers: O’Quinn also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots. . F Domantas Sabonis was out with a bruised right knee and F TJ Leaf was out with a sprained left ankle.A HABIT OF STEALINGOladipo finished with four steals after not getting any in the first two games of the regular season. When he didn’t record a steal in Indiana’s regular-season opener against Memphis, Oladipo’s streak of 64 straight games with at least one steal came to an end. Oladipo led the league with 177 steals and 2.4 per game in the 2017-18 regular season.RAINING 3sThe Nets shot 43.2 percent (16 of 37) from 3-point range and made six 3s in the second quarter to regain the lead briefly when D’Angelo Russell made one to put Brooklyn ahead 56-53 with 4:07 remaining in the first half. The Pacers shot 66.7 percent (16 of 24) from 3 and made five in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.UP NEXTNets: At Cleveland on Wednesday for the second of three road games.Pacers: At Minnesota on Monday for the first of three straight games on the road. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown O’Quinn scored back-to-back baskets, Oladipo made a 3-pointer, and Evans scored twice, including a layup, to give the Pacers a 122-99 lead with 6:01 remaining.“We made some mistakes defensively and we allowed them to start getting downhill,” Harris said. “Kyle O’Quinn had a big fourth quarter. Oladipo hurt us most of the game, but had a good fourth quarter, as well. We have to clean up a lot of stuff on the defensive end, especially doing it consistently for four quarters.”The Pacers went on a 14-3 run to close out the first half and led 67-58 at halftime.The Pacers led by as many as eight points in the first quarter after scoring eight straight with two jumpers by Cory Joseph, a 3-pointer by Oladipo and a free throw by Evans that made it 33-25 with 44.5 seconds remaining in the period.Spencer Dinwiddie and Robions Kurucs had layups to make it 33-29 at the end of the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img

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