That was fun.
The Indiana Pacers were an offensive juggernaut in their seasoning opening win against the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 140-131.
140 points?! In regulation? That’s the first time the Pacers have scored that much since 2010 when Josh McRoberts ruined the Pacers perfect third quarter.
“We actually just wanted to score 110,” laughed Thaddeus Young. Nate McMillan told the team he wants them to average 110 per game this season.
It was a balanced effort with the Pacers leading scorer of Victor Oladipo with just 22 points.
Dipo welcomed himself back to Indiana with an efficient 19 points in the first half, but struggled with foul trouble all night. He added four steals, five rebounds and four assists in his 24 minutes.
“It was amazing to go there and here those cheers again,” said Oladipo.
The Pacers had three players finish with double doubles in this fantasy player’s sweet dream of a basketball game.
Myles Turner had 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Thaddeus Young had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Darren Collison had 21 points and 11 assists.
“We got a group of guys that can really score the basketball,” said Turner. “… Our offense just isn’t as stagnant. We’re moving a lot better.”
The shade is real, Myles.
The Pacers showed what their strengths and weaknesses are likely to be this season: from constantly looking to run, but struggling to stop about anything and always looking to take the three but accuracy on the jump shot being highly inconsistent.
131 points given up to the Nets makes you wonder how many points a team like the Warriors could put up on the Pacers defense, but at least for tonight the Pacers lightning quick offense was better than the porous defense.
It’s hard to put too much stock into a game against the Brooklyn Nets, though they are improved. But if the Pacers can play like this 80% of the time, it’s going to be a really fun season to watch.
- Domantas Sabonis had an atrocious field goal percentage last year for the Thunder as he was stuck playing in the perimeter far too often at 39.9%. Tonight? He went 7 for 7 and is shooting 100% as an Indiana Pacer.
- Lance Stephenson took 19 shots! The Nets dared Lance to shot and he happily launched shots away. He made only 6 of his attempts but stayed aggressive despite his outside shot not falling.
- TJ Leaf went scoreless in his opening game. He was a little hesistant to shoot in his first game as he adjusted to the much faster pace of the real thing. It’ll take him a few games to get up to speed.