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Pacers beat Nets 118-108 for first victory of season

NEW YORK (AP) — Domantas Sabonis scored 29 points, Jeremy Lamb added 25 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-108 on Wednesday night for their first victory in five games this season.

Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points and 13 assists for Indiana.

Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 28 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 and Caris LeVert 15. The Nets have lost two in a row to fall to 1-3.

The Pacers took their largest lead at 112-96 on Brogdan’s 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining.

Indiana took a 90-83 lead into the fourth quarter, with Sabonis and Lamb each scoring seven points in the third.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Coach Nate McMillan vowed to continue using a frontcourt tandem of Myles Turner and Sabonis for the season. “That’s what we’re going with. We signed Domantas to an extension and these are the bigs we’re going into the future with. This is something that we decided on giving this a look and a try this season.” … Victor Oladipo (right knee surgery rehab) and Edmond Sumner (sore right hand) were out for Indiana. … Turner sprained his right ankle at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter and was assisted to the locker room.

Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson briefly addressed ESPN’s story on Irving’s interactions with his teammates. “I know all these elite players, not just Kyrie, are used to the scrutiny. It’s just part of the business. I didn’t feel the need to talk to him about it.” … Wilson Chandler (NBA suspension) and Kevin Durant (right Achilles rehab) were out for Brooklyn.

GIANTS GREAT IN ATTENDANCE

Two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck sat courtside.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Cleveland on Friday night.

Nets: Host Houston on Friday night.

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