The Brooklyn Nets ended their time in the Las Vegas Summer League with a whimper as they were thoroughly dominated by the Indiana Pacers 116-79. Here are 3 takeaways.
After scrapping their way through four losses in the Las Vegas Summer League, the Brooklyn Nets folded their tent early on Friday afternoon, taking a 116-79 drubbing from the Indiana Pacers to end their session at 0-5.
The Nets fell behind quickly as the Pacers scored the game’s first eight points and went up 15-4 midway through the first quarter.
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But Brooklyn scrapped back to tie the game on Theo Pinson’s long 3-pointer with 1:06 remaining in the period before Indiana (2-3) took a two-point lead into the break.
The Nets tied the game twice more early in the second before the Pacers began to pull away, scoring 16 straight points to go up 39-23 and leading by as much as 20 before Brooklyn chipped away to pull to within 52-41 at the half.
The roof caved in in the third quarter. Indiana outpaced the Nets 39-17 in the period and led by as much as 41 points in the fourth.
The Pacers shot 48.8 percent for the game (40-for-82) to just 40.8 percent for Brooklyn (29-for-71) and hit 44.8 percent from 3-point range (13-for-29) while the Nets hit just 27.6 percent (8-for-29).
Indiana was nearly perfect at the foul line for good measure, hitting their first 23 before former Net Henry Sims missed the Pacers’ final attempt of the day.
Brooklyn turned the ball of 20 times — including eight in an ugly first quarter, was outrbounded 39-30 and gave up 13 steals which led to many runout opportunities.
The Nets played like a team that had its bags packed in the locker room and tickets on an early flight home.
NBA veteran C.J. Wilcox was unconscious, scoring 22 points while banging down 6-of-8 from 3-point range, while Sims finished with 21 points in 22 minutes off the bench, going 7-for-11 overall and 2-for-3 from deep (a shot he didn’t have when he was last in the NBA two years ago).
Second-round pick Alize Johnson led Indiana with 10 rebounds and G-Leaguer Tra-Deon Hollins dished out nine assists. Alex Poythress scored 14 points in 17 minutes for Indiana, 2017 second-round pick Edmond Sumner added 13 and Levi Randolph dropped in 12.
Tyler Davis did some work inside for the Nets, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, knocking down a 3-ball and grabbing five offensive boards with two blocked shots. Pinson added 12 points and Trevor Thompson had 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Jordan McLaughlin was good (five assists) and bad (six turnovers and 3-of-10 from the floor).
Here are three takeaways from the blowout.