Notebook: Nets 97, Pacers 86



Posted Jan 13, 2013 9:55 PM

By Jake Appleman, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Down 75-69 heading into the fourth quarter, the Nets proceeded to steamroll the league's best-rated defense and suffocate its offense, defeating the Pacers 97-86 Sunday on the strength of a 27-11 fourth quarter advantage. Deron Williams registered 22 points and nine assists for the Nets (22-15), dominating at times, while Joe Johnson (20 points) and Brook Lopez (15 points) stepped up in the second half. David West (27 points, six rebounds) led the Pacers (23-15).

QUOTABLE: "We stopped executing and we lost our composure. We let them get going early and once they got the ball rolling, the game slipped out of our reach."

-- David West

THE STAT: The Pacers shot 3-for-22 in the fourth quarter.

TURNING POINT: Behind Lopez, Johnson and Williams the Nets reeled off a 17-0 run early in the fourth quarter -- quickly turning an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead.

QUOTABLE II: "It's a big test. A lot of our wins lately have come against sub-par .500 teams."

-- Deron Williams

INSIDE THE ARENA: It was "Russian Culture Night" at Barclays. Alexander Markov peformed the national anthem on a violin and the starting lineups were introduced in Russian by Oleg Kolomyets. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was not present. ... Actor Jake Gyllenhaal sat courtside.

ROOKIE WATCH: Orlando Johnson played nearly 17 minutes for the Pacers, but did not score.

NOTABLE: West hit his first five shots from the floor. ... Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson started for the Pacers, but left the game after only six-plus minutes with a sore right foot. Former Nets player Gerald Green (15 points) started for Stephenson in the second half. ... Williams has now hit 32 consecutive free throws. ... The Nets' six-game winning streak is their longest since 2006.

UP NEXT: For the Pacers, Tuesday @ Charlotte, Wednesday @ Orlando, Friday vs. Houston. For the Nets, Tuesday vs. Toronto, Wednesday @ Atlanta, Friday vs. Atlanta.