Joe Harris is finding his 3-point stroke, hitting 5-of-6 against the Pacers and sharing team-high scoring honors with 19 points.
After Rodions Kurucs went down with a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter, Harris played a few minutes as a very small-ball 4, but that likely won’t be a continuing trend.
For as well as Harris shot the ball from deep, the Pacers’ active defense did a good job of limiting his ability to finish at the rim when he drove, as he made just 1-of 5 inside the arc.
Defensively, former Net Bojan Bogdanovic won the matchup, hitting 5-of-8, including all three of his deep attempts, as Harris struggled to get him off his spots.
D’Angelo Russell had one of those nights where you saw the game, then saw the stat sheet and was surprised the numbers were as good as they were.
Russell struggled to find his shot and the three turnovers he committed were all of the same vein — careless passes thrown without seeing the floor to mark where defenders were lurking.
He did record seven assists and got six rebounds, but it was not a particularly good night offensively for Russell, who fell back to his bad habit of dribbling far out on the perimeter for too long, thus limiting the time Brooklyn had to try and run something to get a shot.
At the other end, Darren Collison‘s speed and quickness gave the bigger Russell fits as the smaller guard was able to blow by Russell into the lane for easy shots or to set up teammates for short opportunities.