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Pacers win 3rd straight, hand Nets 7th straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) The Indiana Pacers were not expected to be in this position.

After trading one of the best two-way players in Paul George last summer, Indiana was widely predicted to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Pacers head to the All-Star break just a half-game out of fourth place.

Victor Oladipo, one of the main pieces acquired for George in the deal with Oklahoma City, downplayed his new club's success after scoring 15 of his 25 points in the second half to lead Indiana past the Brooklyn Nets 108-103 on Wednesday night.

''Nothing. We ain't accomplish anything,'' the first-time All-Star said. ''Got a lot more work to do. A lot more things to get done. It's great, don't get me wrong. You know, 33 tough wins in the NBA is tough. It's nothing. It's just one half of the season.''

Oladipo, who was selected as a reserve, will be in Los Angeles this weekend to suit up alongside George, who was chosen as an injury replacement on LeBron James' squad.

Cory Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists, and Myles Turner had 11 points and 14 boards for the Pacers, who won their third straight.

Joseph, who was part of the 2014 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, echoed Oladipo's sentiments about getting too excited after improving their record to 33-25.

''It doesn't mean nothing yet until playoffs time comes, until 82 games,'' he said. ''We go trip off after the break, then it doesn't mean nothing. We just got to stay mentally prepared, especially coming back from the break.''

Indiana could have starting point guard Darren Collison back after the All-Star break. Collinson underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left knee last week.

Allen Crabbe scored 23 points for the Nets, who went into the break with their seventh straight loss.

DeMarre Carroll added 21 points and D'Angelo Russell chipped in 18 points and nine assists off the bench for Brooklyn.

Oladipo, a favorite for Most Improved Player honors, tried to put the Nets away by himself, scoring nine straight points to give the Pacers a 67-61 advantage midway through the third quarter before Brooklyn answered to take a 79-73 lead heading into the final period.

The Nets led 95-93 after Crabbe's 3-pointer with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, but their offense sputtered, missing eight shots during a four-minute stretch.

''I think we got the shots we wanted and we missed some. We had some costly turnovers,'' Crabbe said. ''It's frustrating . We keep putting ourselves in a good situation to win and we come up short.''

The Pacers, who entered the day sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, went on a 6-0 run to take a 99-95 lead after Turner's free throws with 2:17 left in regulation.

The Nets got within two points with 1:04 to go after Spencer Dinwiddie hit a pair of free throws, but Indiana scored five straight points, capped with 26 seconds left.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson each had 13 points. ... Indiana outrebounded the Nets 52-44. ... Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Net who was traded to Washington before last season's trade deadline, chipped in 14 points.

Nets: C Jahlil Okafor did not play due to tightness in his left calf ... Russell is the first Nets player to notch 15+ points and 5+ assists off the bench in three straight games since Orlando Woolridge (1986-87).

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

Oladipo remained tight-lipped over his plans for the Slam Dunk Contest this Saturday night.

The 25-year-old, who competed as a rookie at the 2015 All-Star weekend, is trying to give Indiana a second straight winner after Glenn Robinson III last year.

''Maybe tomorrow. Maybe the day of,'' Oladipo said with a grin when asked about when he would start thinking about the competition, which also features Larry Nance Jr. and rookies Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 23.

Nets: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 22.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
D. Russell
1 PG
23.7 Min. Per Game 23.7
15.6 Pts. Per Game 15.6
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
48.4 Field Goal % 42.4
48.6 Three Point % 41.8
81.0 Free Throw % 72.3
  Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph 0:01
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:04
+ 1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Victor Oladipo 0:04
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Personal foul on DeMarre Carroll 0:07
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Shooting foul on Myles Turner 0:09
  Defensive rebound by DeMarre Carroll 0:12
Team Stats
Points 108 103
Field Goals 39-90 (43.3%) 35-83 (42.2%)
3-Pointers 6-15 (40.0%) 13-35 (37.1%)
Free Throws 24-28 (85.7%) 20-27 (74.1%)
Total Rebounds 56 54
Offensive 15 9
Defensive 37 35
Team 4 10
Assists 20 24
Steals 10 4
Blocks 7 2
Turnovers 8 13
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
21 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pacers 33-25 22321935108
home team logo Nets 19-40 23312524103
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 33-25 106.8 PPG 41.9 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Nets 19-40 105.4 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 24.4 PPG 5.3 RPG 4.1 APG 48.4 FG%
A. Crabbe SG 12.5 PPG 4.4 RPG 1.6 APG 39.7 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 25 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
A. Crabbe SG 24 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
43.3 FG% 42.2
40.0 3PT FG% 37.1
85.7 FT% 74.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 36 25 3 4 3 0 2 1 9/24 1/4 6/6 1 2 37 -2
C. Joseph 36 15 11 3 2 2 2 1 5/12 1/1 4/7 3 8 34 +7
B. Bogdanovic 37 14 5 1 2 0 2 2 5/11 2/6 2/2 0 5 21 +20
T. Young 36 13 7 3 1 1 1 4 5/12 0/1 3/4 4 3 27 +14
M. Turner 29 11 14 1 1 1 0 4 2/8 1/1 6/6 6 8 29 +8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 36 25 3 4 3 0 2 1 9/24 1/4 6/6 1 2 37 -2
C. Joseph 36 15 11 3 2 2 2 1 5/12 1/1 4/7 3 8 34 +7
B. Bogdanovic 37 14 5 1 2 0 2 2 5/11 2/6 2/2 0 5 21 +20
T. Young 36 13 7 3 1 1 1 4 5/12 0/1 3/4 4 3 27 +14
M. Turner 29 11 14 1 1 1 0 4 2/8 1/1 6/6 6 8 29 +8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Jefferson 8 13 3 1 0 2 0 0 6/7 0/0 1/1 0 3 20 -5
D. Sabonis 22 8 7 2 0 1 1 2 3/7 0/0 2/2 1 6 19 -8
L. Stephenson 19 7 1 2 1 0 0 4 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 1 13 -3
J. Young 14 2 1 3 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 -6
D. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 108 52 20 10 7 8 20 39/90 6/15 24/28 15 37 209 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Crabbe 36 24 8 1 0 0 4 4 9/16 5/11 1/1 0 8 30 -2
D. Carroll 34 21 10 4 1 1 2 3 6/13 5/8 4/6 0 10 39 +6
J. Allen 20 10 6 0 0 0 4 2 4/7 0/0 2/3 2 4 12 +4
Q. Acy 31 8 2 4 0 0 0 4 2/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 18 -11
S. Dinwiddie 32 7 6 5 2 1 1 5 0/7 0/4 7/10 2 4 25 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Crabbe 36 24 8 1 0 0 4 4 9/16 5/11 1/1 0 8 30 -2
D. Carroll 34 21 10 4 1 1 2 3 6/13 5/8 4/6 0 10 39 +6
J. Allen 20 10 6 0 0 0 4 2 4/7 0/0 2/3 2 4 12 +4
Q. Acy 31 8 2 4 0 0 0 4 2/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 18 -11
S. Dinwiddie 32 7 6 5 2 1 1 5 0/7 0/4 7/10 2 4 25 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 28 18 3 9 0 0 1 0 7/14 0/2 4/4 2 1 38 -10
J. Harris 23 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 4/11 1/4 0/0 0 2 11 +6
D. Cunningham 28 6 7 1 1 0 1 1 3/9 0/2 0/1 2 5 15 -13
T. Mozgov 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. LeVert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hollis-Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Webb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 44 24 4 2 13 20 35/83 13/35 20/27 9 35 188 -25