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Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets 140-131

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers kept promising this revamped team would look completely different.

They only needed one game to prove it.

Eight Pacers scored in double figures, three finished with double-doubles and Indiana produced its highest point total in nearly seven years in a 140-131 season-opening victory Wednesday night over the Brooklyn Nets, who lost Jeremy Lin to an apparent knee injury midway through the fourth quarter.

''It was a great first night and hopefully Pacers fans got a chance to see what we're capable of and what type of basketball team we are,'' Victor Oladipo said after finishing with 22 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists in his Indiana debut.

Just two years ago, this was a team that relied on defense and a grind-it-out offense.

Not anymore.

With Paul George and Jeff Teague landing in new places, the Pacers used a balanced offense and a nice blend of old and new faces to get the job done.

Darren Collison wound up with 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indiana. Newly elected team captain Myles Turner had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and former Nets player Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

From an offensive standpoint, things couldn't have gone much better. The Pacers scored 140 points for the first time since putting up 144 against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010, and only the third time since 2000.

''I'm very, very happy and excited we got this win,'' Young said. ''It gives us something to piggyback off and we have to go into that film room tomorrow and work on that defense because we gave up way too many points.''

D'Angelo Russell had 30 points and five assists in his Brooklyn debut, but Lin limped to the back after a hard landing on a drive to basket. Trevor Booker added 20 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

But it wasn't enough to avoid a franchise-record fifth consecutive opening-night loss.

''It's not a good night for the Nets,'' coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''We're going to have to piece it together and figure out how we can improve and get ready for the Orlando game.''

Both teams had chances to take control but neither really did - even after the Pacers used a 10-0 third quarter run to break a 65-65 tie. Brooklyn never led again, though it charged back in the closing minutes by trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally closed it out.

TIP-INS

Nets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. ... The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers. ... Brooklyn used Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup, marking the first time in franchise history more than one undrafted player started a season opener. ... Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. ... Lin had 18 points, and Caris LeVert scored 12.

Pacers: Extended their winning streak over Brooklyn to four. ... Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. ... Lance Stephenson scored 16 points off the bench. ... Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. ... The Pacers blocked nine shots and outrebounded Brooklyn 47-43.

WHERE'S THE D?

Neither Atkinson nor Indiana coach Nate McMillan could quibble with the offensive showcase, but both were clearly concerned about the defensive play.

Indiana shot 52 percent from the field. The Nets kept it close by going 12 of 30 on 3-pointers. The teams combined for 50 fouls, leading to 64 free throws, too.

Against rebuilding teams, that may be good enough to be competitive. Against the rest of the league, both coaches know they must be better.

''I thought we completely broke down defensively,'' Atkinson said. ''I wish I could sit here and say there was one area, but it was a multitude of things.''

THE NEW FACES

Each team had plenty of new faces Wednesday and most had a big hand in what happened.

Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll, acquired in summer trades, finished with 12 and 10 points for Brooklyn.

Indiana also got 16 points and seven rebounds from Domantas Sabonis, the second acquisition in the George trade, and 11 points from former Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.

Pacers: Host Portland on Friday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo 0:07
  DeMarre Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:11
+ 1 Thaddeus Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:20
+ 1 Thaddeus Young made 1st of 2 free throws 0:20
  Personal foul on Caris LeVert 0:20
+ 3 D'Angelo Russell made 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
+ 2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Victor Oladipo 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Victor Oladipo 0:35
  D'Angelo Russell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
  Team rebound 0:48
  DeMarre Carroll missed jump shot, blocked by Thaddeus Young 0:48
Team Stats
Points 131 140
Field Goals 45-94 (47.9%) 53-102 (52.0%)
3-Pointers 12-30 (40.0%) 9-34 (26.5%)
Free Throws 29-32 (90.6%) 25-32 (78.1%)
Total Rebounds 51 57
Offensive 11 14
Defensive 32 33
Team 8 10
Assists 22 29
Steals 7 12
Blocks 2 9
Turnovers 20 14
Fouls 25 25
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
21 PTS, 3 REB, 11 AST
1234T
away team logo Nets 0-1 30333533131
home team logo Pacers 1-0 29364134140
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 0-1 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 1-0 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
D. Russell G 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 5.2 APG 41.4 FG%
V. Oladipo G 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Russell G 30 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
V. Oladipo G 22 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
47.9 FG% 52.0
40.0 3PT FG% 26.5
90.6 FT% 78.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 30 30 3 5 1 0 2 4 12/22 4/8 2/2 1 2 42 -5
J. Lin 25 18 0 4 0 0 3 3 5/12 1/2 7/7 0 0 23 -6
R. Hollis-Jefferson 27 14 4 2 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 8/8 0 4 22 -10
D. Carroll 27 10 9 2 1 0 2 2 4/12 1/5 1/2 2 7 22 -10
T. Mozgov 14 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 30 30 3 5 1 0 2 4 12/22 4/8 2/2 1 2 42 -5
J. Lin 25 18 0 4 0 0 3 3 5/12 1/2 7/7 0 0 23 -6
R. Hollis-Jefferson 27 14 4 2 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 8/8 0 4 22 -10
D. Carroll 27 10 9 2 1 0 2 2 4/12 1/5 1/2 2 7 22 -10
T. Mozgov 14 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Booker 27 20 10 0 0 0 2 2 7/10 0/1 6/7 6 4 28 +1
C. LeVert 27 12 2 4 2 1 1 3 5/15 1/4 1/1 0 2 24 -2
A. Crabbe 26 12 7 1 2 1 2 2 3/5 2/3 4/5 0 7 22 +4
Q. Acy 15 9 2 0 0 0 3 3 3/5 3/5 0/0 0 2 8 0
S. Dinwiddie 16 2 3 4 0 0 2 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 2 11 -6
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kilpatrick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 131 43 22 7 2 20 25 45/94 12/30 29/32 11 32 207 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 24 22 5 4 4 0 3 5 6/12 2/6 8/10 0 5 36 +11
D. Collison 30 21 3 11 2 0 2 1 9/12 1/3 2/3 1 2 46 +8
M. Turner 33 21 14 2 0 4 1 3 8/13 1/3 4/4 3 11 42 +12
T. Young 33 17 11 3 2 2 2 3 7/16 1/5 2/2 5 6 36 +13
B. Bogdanovic 29 14 0 0 0 0 3 2 5/9 1/3 3/3 0 0 11 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 24 22 5 4 4 0 3 5 6/12 2/6 8/10 0 5 36 +11
D. Collison 30 21 3 11 2 0 2 1 9/12 1/3 2/3 1 2 46 +8
M. Turner 33 21 14 2 0 4 1 3 8/13 1/3 4/4 3 11 42 +12
T. Young 33 17 11 3 2 2 2 3 7/16 1/5 2/2 5 6 36 +13
B. Bogdanovic 29 14 0 0 0 0 3 2 5/9 1/3 3/3 0 0 11 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Stephenson 24 16 1 3 1 1 1 3 6/19 2/9 2/5 0 1 24 -2
D. Sabonis 19 16 7 1 0 0 1 3 7/7 0/0 2/3 4 3 24 -4
C. Joseph 24 11 3 4 2 1 1 1 4/10 1/2 2/2 1 2 24 +7
D. Wilkins 11 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 4 0
T. Leaf 9 0 2 1 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 5 -3
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 140 47 29 12 9 14 25 53/102 9/34 25/32 14 33 252 +45