In the NBA, there are moments in games that help a team come together. The Indiana Pacers have been unified for a while now, the players on the top of the bill growing up together and the unbroken veteran core sharing the same wounds from last season. So they were not necessarily in need of a team bonding field trip, but still it doesn't hurt to have nights like the Pacers enjoyed Monday in Brooklyn. Indiana thumped the Nets 103-86. The usual stars of the game shined in their roles — Paul George and his jump shot played silencer for 26 points while Lance Stephenson showed no signs of easing up after his triple-double performance on Sunday. The Pacers improved to 23-5 after playing another amusing game and dwarfing yet another opponent. The Pacers set up one another for beautiful breakaway finishes. Even while slowing into the half court set, the entire Indiana bench would stand for stretches, hanging on the teammates' shoulders and just enjoying the show that even sent many in the Brooklyn crowd to 'ooos' and 'awws.' At the 8:21 mark of the third quarter, when Stephenson, who finished with a new career high of 26 points, got the better of Joe Johnson with a 20-foot jumper, many Nets fans could not help but root for the enemy. It has been that way for the Pacers during this three-game winning streak. They have handcuffed James Harden, giddily started the wave while blowing out Boston and then, with Monday, the cutting of the Nets and the embarrassment became too much for one of their high-priced veterans. For the third straight game, Indiana held an opponent to under 40-percent shooting and Brooklyn (9-18), in spite of late flurry of makes, never truly threatened to overcome a 20-plus deficit.
Pacers earn third straight win
Indianapolis Star | Dec 24