Call it a comeback. The Brooklyn Nets followed up their big win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. This time, they grabbed a victory over the hot Indiana Pacers. Indiana, who hasn't lost to a sub-.500 team since January 23rd, couldn't handle an onslaught of offense from the Nets in the fourth.
The first half was a different story, though. Indiana was up by as many as 14 early on and dominated the Nets for most of the game. Brook Lopez looked ugly early on, shooting a harsh 2-of-11 early in the third. Then, the fourth quarter happened.
Brooklyn answered with a 17-3 run late in the fourth thanks to solid play from Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic as they outscored the Pacers 35-17. Lopez hit five consecutive shots to give him 14 of his 23 points of the night.
The shots were falling easy for the Nets and they finally found themselves in control of the game. Bogdanovic hit a three assisted by Lopez to give the Nets a six point lead and seal the deal for Brooklyn. They won the game 120-110.
Big Win For Brooklyn
If anything, the Nets proved tonight that their nine point victory over the Cavs wasn't just a fluke. They faced one of the best NBA defenses, the Pacers, and scored effortlessly with four of the Nets starting five scored in double-figures. Lopez had 23 points and nine rebounds -- just shy of a double-double.
Shane Larkin had 14 with five assists. Bogdanovic stayed hot, finishing with 18 points on the night. Thaddeus Young, though, stayed quiet with just eight points and three rebounds. Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points off the bench while Donald Sloan had 11 points, five assists, and five rebounds.
As for Indiana, Paul George had a good night. He led his side with 27 points while bringing down four rebounds. Ian Mahinmi added 18 more which is just a bucket away from breaking his career-high in scoring. George Hill chipped in 17 points. As a team, Indiana shot 48 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. The Pacers played well but couldn't lock down the Nets when it mattered most.
Karasev Killing It
Tonight was a huge game for 22-year-old Sergey Karasev. He got the start for Brooklyn and the young guard responded with a career-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He passed the ball well and kept the game somewhat competive in the first half. If he can produce consistently, Karasev could be a nice offensive piece for Brooklyn. The young Russian still has some time to prove himself.
Karasev is just one example of the change seen in Brooklyn. It seems that the roster now has young players who are actually excited to be playing and representing the Nets. It's a beautiful sight to Brooklyn fans. Players like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough, and Sean Kilpatrick bring an exciting energy to the team. Lead by Tony Brown and Sean Marks, this Brooklyn Nets team feels totally different.
The Nets face off against the Miami Heat on Monday. Brooklyn looks to extend their win streak against solid playoff teams.
Indiana will be playing the Houston Rockets on Sunday. The Pacers will certainly be looking to rebound after tonight's tough loss in Brooklyn.