Pacers pull away in the third to turn back slumping Nets and stretch win run to four
Paul George scored 10 of his 26 points in the third quarter to help the Pacers pull away from the Nets. AP

THE Indiana Pacers pulled away in the second half to turn back the Brooklyn Nets, 121-109, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

Pacers went on a 13-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to start pulling away from the Nets after trailing 52-51 late in the first half. Another 20-11 surge gave Indiana its largest lead at 21 midway through the third period, and still held a 105-84 advantage early in the fourth.

Brooklyn got as close as eight late in the final frame, but Paul George sparked a 10-3 rally to close the game strong and finish off the Nets.

George finished with 26 points, 10 in the pivotal third quarter, to lead Indiana to four straight wins and improve to 19-18. Myles Turner and Jeff Teague each had double-doubles as the promising big man had 25 markers and 15 rebounds while the Pacers point guard added 21 points and 15 assists.

Justin Hamilton and Trevor Booker scored 16 apiece for Brooklyn, losers of their last four games to fall to 8-26. Spencer Dinwiddle and Sean Kilpatrick each had 13 points off the bench, while Brook Lopez added 12. 

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