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Nets 89, Pacers 84 (OT)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The home-court magic the Indiana Pacers had is gone.

The Pacers dropped their second straight game at home, 89-84 to the Brooklyn Nets in overtime on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Nets outscored the Pacers 13-8 in overtime.

The Pacers scored the first point of overtime but then the Nets pulled away with nine of the next 11 points.

In regulation, the Nets tied the score at 76 when Joe Johnson beat George Hill off the dribble for a basket with 13.0 seconds left.

Indiana's David West missed a left-handed floater in the lane, sending the game into overtime.

The Pacers had the advantage on paper because the Nets were without starting point guard Deron Williams. They compensated for his absence by making sure All-Star center Brook Lopez got plenty of touches in the post.

Lopez got the better of Pacers center Roy Hibbert, an All-Star last season, in the post.

Lopez scored 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds.

The Pacers tried to counter Lopez's production by getting Hibbert touches down low. But as he has done all season, Hibbert struggled. Hibbert finished with 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field.

Hibbert wasn't the only Pacers starter to struggle. Paul George and West also had a difficult time putting the ball in the basket. The two starting frontcourt players combined to go 3 of 21 from the field.

The Pacers let the Nets dictate the pace of the game, which turned out to be a slow one.

Indiana's biggest lead was five points, and Brooklyn led by as many as 10.

The Pacers managed to hang in despite the poor shooting from their core players. They got a 3-pointer from D.J. Augustin and West found Hill underneath for a wide-open lay up to get the Pacers back to one at 70-69.

The Pacers didn't stop there. They tied the score at 72 on a George jumper. Then Hibbert had possibly his biggest basket of the season on a right-handed hook along the baseline to put the Pacers up 76-74.

The Nets had a chance to tie the score on their next possession when Johnson backed Lance Stephenson down, but Hill came in from the weak side, stole the ball and went coast to coast for the layup to give the Pacers a 76-72 lead with 98 seconds remaining in the game.

Backup power forward Reggie Evans grabbed 22 rebounds for the Nets.

NOTES: The Nets will be without Williams for the final two games before the All-Star break because of inflammation in both of his ankles. Williams is averaging 16.7 points, 7.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds this season. C.J. Watson started at point guard against the Pacers. ... Pacers small forward Danny Granger (left knee) went through his first full-court contact practice Sunday. Coach Frank Vogel said Granger responded well after the practice. "He said he felt really good," Vogel said. "Couple of movements he felt like he was still getting his confidence back to explode. No pain or anything. Just normal recovering type of stuff in your first live action." Granger will make his season debut against Charlotte on Wednesday or the Pacers will hold him out until after the All-Star break so that he can make his debut against the New York Knicks on Feb. 20. ... West left the game in the first quarter after Lopez inadvertently scratched him in the left eye.
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