Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
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BROOKLYN—After falling behind by 12 points in the third quarter, the Brooklyn Nets used their smothering defense to shut down the Indiana Pacers in the fourth and get their season-high sixth straight win.
Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and the Nets rallied for a 97-86 victory over the Pacers on Sunday night.
Indiana, which had won four straight, was outscored 28-11 in the final period while shooting just 3 for 22 from the field.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Deron Williams led the Nets in scoring for the eighth time this season...Kris Humphries tied for the team lead in rebounds (9), playing 17 1/2 minutes off the bench...Despite struggling in the first three quarters, center Brook Lopez finished the game strong, putting up 10 points, 4 rebounds and a block in the final period.
The Nets, on a season-high six-game winning streak, are now 8-1 under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Brooklyn is undefeated in January and is 10-3 against the Eastern Conference this season...The Nets' bench outscored the opponent for a sixth straight game...The Pacers' 11 fourth-quarter points represented an opponent season-low for the final period, and they became the fourth consecutive opponent held to fewer than 100 points.
Brooklyn Nets (22-15)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Keith Bogans||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Gerald Wallace (bruised ribs) is OUT.
Deron Williams (right thigh contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
Kris Humphries (sore left ankle) is QUESTIONABLE.
Mirza Teletovic (illness) is PROBABLE.
Jerry Stackhouse (sore right hamstring) is PROBABLE.
Indiana Pacers (23-15)
|G · George Hill||G · Lance Stephenson||F · Paul George||F · David West||C · Roy Hibbert|
Danny Granger (sore left knee) is OUT.
Paul George (flu) is DOUBTFUL.
Roy Hibbert (back spasms) is DAY-TO-DAY.
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|22 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST
7-18 FGs, 2-5 3Ps, 6-6 FTs
|"Unlike the first half when Brook was leaning and looking to get fouled, he (started) taking the ball strong to the basket. When you just go strong every time, you're going to get the occasional offensive foul, and these guys – Ian (Mahinmi) and Roy (Hibbert) – are such good shot blockers, if you don't take it, that makes it even worse. You've got to go at a shot blocker or he's going to do more damage standing there."|