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Nets use defense to rout Pacers 104-94

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)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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