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Kyrie Irving has 35 points, Nets use defense to rout Pacers

The Nets led the Pacers 62-30 at halftime.
Credit: AP
Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) and Myles Turner (33) defend against a shot by Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Kyrie Irving had 35 points and eight assists and the Brooklyn Nets were defensively dominant in the first half in shutting down the Indiana Pacers 104-94 to snap a three-game losing streak. 

A night after an embarrassing effort in Detroit, when the Nets yielded 38 points in the first quarter, the Pacers didn’t reach that total until 8:46 remained in the third. By then, the Nets had built a 32-point halftime lead, their largest since moving to Brooklyn in 2012, and with a 62-30 bulge allowed just two more points than their best total since moving from New Jersey.

Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers in scoring with 18 points. Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points. 

The Pacers (12-13) have lost four games in a row and are under .500 for the first time all season.

The Pacers return to action Thursday, Feb. 11 on the road against the Detroit Pistons (6-18) at 8 p.m. ET.

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