Bankers Life Fieldhouse
January 31, 2012
George leads Pacers past Nets
INDIANAPOLIS—Anything but routine, the Indiana Pacers' 106-99 victory over the Nets on Tuesday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse proved costly. Sixth man George Hill left in the third quarter after sustaining a chip fracture in his left ankle and will be out indefinitely.
Paul George scored a career-high 24 and came up with a game-saving steal in the closing seconds while Danny Granger scored at least 20 for the fourth straight game with 21 as the Pacers (14-6) watched an 18-point fourth-quarter lead shrink to three. But the defense came up with stops on four of the Nets' final five possessions to preserve Indiana's ninth straight victory over the Nets (7-15), who were led by Deron Williams with 34 and Anthony Morrow with a season-high 28.
For more, read the AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.
NETS-PACERS LIVE FEED
TURNING POINT: After building a 97-79 lead, the Pacers went flat, missing six in a row as Anthony Morrow heated up, making three 3-pointers in a 16-1 run that cut the lead to 98-95. Roy Hibbert scored inside to make it a five-point game. After Deron Williams drove to make it 102-99 with 1:07 remaining, the Nets appeared to get a critical stop when Darren Collison missed a tough attempt late in he shot clock.
But Danny Granger sailed out of bounds to save the loose ball to Hibbert, who was fouled and hit one free throw with 35 seconds left to make it a two-possession game. On the ensuing possession, Paul George stripped Williams on the way to the hoop to close the door.
HOT: Williams and Morrow were the New Jersey offense, combining for 62 points on 20-for-37 shooting (54.1 percent), including 9-for-17 (52.9) from the 3-point line.
For more, read Conrad Brunner's NBA.com notebook: Click Here
NETS NOTES Making his first start of the season, F Shawne Williams put up 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists against the team that drafted him No. 17 overall in 2006...F Kris Humphries logged another double-double, this time with 13 points and 10 rebounds...Off the bench, G Jordan Farmar added 10 points and 4 assists, while C Johan Petro dropped 6 points and pulled down 4 boards.
COMMENT ON FACEBOOK
PHOTO OF THE GAME
|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
28 PTS, 4 REB
10-17 FGs, 5-8 3Ps
|On his double-double:
"I was just trying to get myself going. I’ve felt a little flat the last couple of games. I just need to get that energy where I can be all over the place the whole game."