The Indiana Pacers are currently playing some of their best basketball of the season, which has put them in great position to make the playoffs. The only thing stopping the Pacers from being one of the top teams in the league is their poor record away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets appeared like it would be an easy road win, but the Nets put up a tougher fight than expected.
There was virtually no separation between the Pacers and Nets in the first half tonight. The lead consistently changed hands, and neither team led by more than four points at any point in the first half. Both teams went into the locker room at halftime with the game tied 54-54.
The Pacers dominated early in the third quarter, but they eventually lost their shooting touch. After only scoring 19 points, Indiana was down by six points entering the fourth quarter. A few offensive adjustments helped the Pacers get right back in the game. It took them less than two minutes to eliminate the deficit. The teams traded the lead for most of the final quarter, but the Pacers hit several clutch baskets in the final few minutes. Indiana ultimately won the game 108-103.
This was the last game before the All-Star break for the Pacers, so they will get to enjoy this tough road win for more than a week. Indiana will return to action on Friday, February 23, with a home game against the Atlanta Hawks.