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March 28, 2012

GAME 52: NETS 100, PACERS 84

Deron Williams leads depleted Nets over Pacers

NEWARK, N.J.Deron Williams had 30 points and nine assists and the injury-ravaged Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 100-84 Wednesday night in a game the Nets finished with eight healthy players.

Rookie MarShon Brooks added 17 points and Gerald Green had 14 as the woeful Nets won for the second time in eight games and handed the Pacers their second loss in six. The 16-point margin of victory was the largest of the season for the Nets (17-35).

The Nets started the game with only 10 healthy players and lost starting center Shelden Williams with an injury to his right eye in the second quarter and backup center Jordan Williams with concussion-type symptoms in the third.

For more, read the AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.


TURNING POINT: The Nets twice held off Indiana runs, as the Pacers roared back from eight- and nine-point deficits in the first and third quarters. Whereas normally the Nets would fold, they hung tough. And, with just under five minutes remaining, Paul George missed a dunk for Indy before Deron Williams swished a 3-pointer in transition, plus a loose ball foul that resulted in a Kris Humphries free throw to push the Nets' lead to 93-75. They never looked back.

GOOD MOVE: After being inserted into the game for the first time late in the first quarter, Gerald Green showed why he's been a major sparkplug for the Nets as of late. On the first possession of the second quarter, he blocked a Leandro Barbosa 3-point shot, then scored the first four points of the period for the Nets. He led all second-quarter scorers with nine points.

NOTABLE: The Nets suffered yet another injury Wednesday night, as Shelden Williams left in the second quarter with an eye injury and did not return. He scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes, but was taken to Hackensack Medical Center for further evaluation on his eye. Jordan Williams suffered a mild concussion in the third quarter and exited the game.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Former IBF Light Welterweight boxing champion and Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi was in attendance to watch his soon-to-be hometown Nets.

For more, read Abe Schwadron's notebook

NETS NOTES Tonight's victory snapped a 10-game losing streak (6 at home) against Indiana. The last previous victory was December 23, 2008...The 16-point margin of victory was the Nets' largest of the season...Coach Avery Johnson credited C Johan Petro, who posted 4 points and 5 rebounds all in the fourth quarter with "really saving us tonight."..G Deron Williams scored at least 30 points for the seventh time this season...G MarShon Brooks scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting...F Gerald Green (14 points), reached double digits in scoring for the 10th time in 17 games.


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Gerald Green
36 1/2 MIN
30 PTS, 9 AST
11-19 FGs, 4-7 3Ps

Gerald Wallace
On injuries limiting the roster:

"For me, Im like oh (snap). Because I look over there and I see three guys on the bench and all three of those guys are guards so that means Ive got to go bang with these big guys.

"Its a different scenario but Im used to it. Im starting to get used to it. They might as well start announcing me as a power forward. Im going to give up the wing and just play the power forward."

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