INDIANAPOLIS – The networks hadn't hit a winning team on the road all season. Until Spencer Dinwiddie's jump start – and Malcolm Brogdon's missed shootout – finally changed all of that.
In one game, the Nets seemed to have won, then lost, and then won again. They came from behind in the last minute for a 106: 105 victory over the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Nets were 0: 9 against winning teams and 6 defeats in total 5: 18 against them. But on Monday, they got off a 103-99 hole in less than a minute.
"We're a playoff team. We need to figure out how to beat these teams that could be our first-round matchup," said Dinwiddie, who had 21 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. "We could play them what … four or five more, six more times in the playoffs, right? You have to be ready for that. "
Together with a lead of 76-69 and two minutes before the end in the third quarter, the Nets allowed a 20-7 run that spanned the fourth.
Joe Harris was 103-99 in the lead and halved the deficit. And after the Nets ricocheted off a Pacers miss, Harris – one of eight two-digit Nets with 15 points – drilled a giant 3-pointer to get them back in the lead with a 27.2-second lead.
Pacers all-star Domantas Sabonis, who had a triple double with 23 points, 11 assists and 10 boards, got free entry 9.9 seconds before the end.
But Dinwiddie hit a clutch wing jumper to take the nets 106-105 ahead by 5.8 seconds. And then they molested Brodgon on a miss that sealed this victory. It was a much needed one for her own psyche.
"If it's the sixth, seventh, or eighth starting point, it has to happen. Whether Miami, Toronto, Boston, Milwaukee – we need to find a way," said Post's post-game Wilson Chandler. "It's difficult, but we need one Find a way to win against these good teams.
"We just have to get together. We have to be better at transitional defense, we have to make the boys hit hard, we have to be better able to share the ball and trust our teammates. … We have to be together stay. [Crap] is tough right now, but if we have that first win, overcome that hump, it'll get better. "
The networks improved to 24-28. The Pacers (31-23) dropped out for the sixth consecutive year, despite having their preferred starting line-up for the first time in the season.
With Kyrie Irving still out and Kevin Durant not expecting to play for a second all season, the Nets can empathize. But they certainly didn't throw that victory back.