Nets pick up road win over Pacers in OTBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Feb 11, 2013 11:50 PM EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Brooklyn Nets proved they could bounce back from an embarrassing loss. A night after being blown out by the San Antonio Spurs at home, the Nets went on the road to beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 in overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I felt we just competed the whole game from the opening tip to the end," Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "The only good thing about getting killed by San Antonio was the next day we beat one of the better teams in the league." The home-court magic the Pacers had for two months is gone. Indiana has lost two straight games at home after running off 15 in a row there. The Pacers can blame poor shooting from their key players for the loss. Starting forwards Paul George and David West combined to go 3 of 21 from the field. George fouled out after scoring only five points, his lowest point total since going scoreless at Golden State on Dec. 1. "We tried to tell the service people in the gym to take the lid off the rim," said Pacers point guard George Hill, who scored 22 points. "They didn't hear me, but at the same time, those are shots we normally make. I'd take those shots 100 percent of the time by D West. He's been making those. Tonight, he didn't, so you move on from it." 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 Hill off the dribble for a basket with 13.0 seconds left. West missed a left-handed floater in the lane, sending the game into overtime. "A tough shooting night," George said. "If we make half the shots we missed, we're in the 90's and our defense held them in the 70's for the most part. Credit them. They came in and played a hard game." 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. "It was a complete team game from top to bottom," Lopez said. "Everyone contributed. It was a good win tonight, as we responded to their runs." 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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