Oladipo, balanced Pacers pull away from Atlanta 105-95
ATLANTA (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Myles Turner had 20 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 on Wednesday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points as Indiana won for the second time in five games. The Pacers rallied from a sluggish start to shoot 48.8 percent.
Atlanta has yet to win consecutive games this season and dropped to 7-24. The Hawks bench outscored Indiana’s 46-28, led by 18 points and nine rebounds from John Collins. Marco Belinelli added 13 points off the bench, and Kent Bazemore led Atlanta’s starters with 13.
The Hawks led by nine points during the first quarter but trailed 53-51 at halftime as the Pacers shot 52.4 percent over the first two quarters. Indiana never trailed in the second half and stretched the lead to 20 before Atlanta scored the final 10 points of the game.
Pacers: Indiana turned the ball over on two of its first three possessions but finished with a season-low nine turnovers. … Indiana failed to make at least 10 3-pointers (7-of-21) for the fourth consecutive game after making 10 or more in five straight.
KINGS 104, NETS 99
NEW YORK (AP) — George Hill scored 22 points, Zach Randolph added 21 and the Sacramento Kings completed their first back-to-back sweep of the season by beating the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 on Wednesday night.
The Kings got off to a sizzling start following their victory in Philadelphia a night earlier, then held on after Brooklyn cut a 21-point lead to 2 with just over a minute to play.
The Nets missed a flurry of chances to tie before Hill finished it off with two free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining.
The Kings had been 0-5 this season on the second night of a back-to-back.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points but was among the many Nets with poor-shooting nights. Brooklyn shot under 40 percent from the field in its fourth straight loss.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game his team needed to start better, but Brooklyn couldn’t have done much worse. Sacramento made 16 of 21 shots and raced to a 36-20 lead after one quarter, which grew to 44-23 on Skal Labissiere’s three-point play early in the second.
The lead was still 16 at halftime before the Nets finally got into the game, getting as close as 101-99 on Dinwiddie’s three-point play with 1:10 left.
Kings: Rookie G De’Aaron Fox didn’t play because of a bruised right thigh. … Reserve G Buddy Hield missed his first six shots and three in row were blocked before he made a jumper in the fourth quarter. … Randolph finished with eight rebounds, surpassing 10,000 in his career. He joins Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki as the only active players with 18,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.
Nets: Brooklyn has dropped two straight at home to Sacramento after winning the first four meetings at Barclays Center.