After the Indiana Pacers started pushing the tempo in the second quarter, the Nets ended up in a hole that was just too deep.
C. J. Miles had 27 points, Paul George scored 17, and visiting Indiana sent the Nets to their fifth straight loss, 114-100, on Wednesday night.
“I got some open 3s; I got to the basket,” Miles said. “I was able to play off of what the defense was giving me. I felt like I just had a good rhythm tonight.”
George Hill added 13 points for the Pacers. Brook Lopez had 21 points for the Nets, and Joe Johnson had 20 points and 9 assists.
Indiana opened the game on a 17-9 run. The Nets then missed their first eight shots to start the second quarter. Indiana outscored them by 36-20 in the period and led at the break, 62-43.
In the third quarter, Johnson and Thaddeus Young combined for 21 points to help the Nets trim their deficit to 87-77. Young finished with his…