Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
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By Ben Couch (@viewfromcouch)
INDIANAPOLIS—Deron Williams, suffering from synovitis in both ankles, will be out through the All-Star break.
That was the news borne of a pregame press release, and further clarified by Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King before Monday's 89-84 overtime victory against the Pacers. King said that Williams had been slated for platlet-rich plasma therapy to help treat the injury – an inflammation of the joint linings – during the upcoming five-day break between games. After consulting with team doctors following Sunday's loss to the Spurs, all agreed to acclerate the schedule to offer Williams more time to rest.
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By Michael Marot, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS—Brooklyn figured out how to win without its most versatile offensive player Monday night.
Feed Brook Lopez early and often, keep Reggie Evans active on the glass and put the ball in Joe Johnson's hands with the game on the line.
It may need to keep that formula a while longer.
Lopez scored 25 points, Evans grabbed 22 rebounds and Johnson tied the score with a 10-foot bank shot to force overtime before closing it out with four straight free throws to give the Nets an 89-84 victory - their first in six tries at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
For the Nets, this was vindication.
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By Conrad Brunner, for NBA.com
TURNING POINT: Indiana trailed 70-64 with 6:15 remaining, but Hill sparked a 12-2 run with three buckets, including a steal and layup that put the Pacers ahead 76-72 with 1:38 remaining. But the Pacers shot 2-for-14 thereafter to let the game slip away. Tyshawn Taylor hit two difficult buckets late in the shot clock to put the Nets ahead to stay in overtime.
HOT: Two players whose roles were expanded in the absence of Deron Williams came through for the Nets, as Tyshawn Taylor scored a career-high 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and MarShon Brooks had nine points on 4-for-8 shooting in 15 minutes.
Joe Johnson struggled with his shot for much of the game (6-17 FGs), but his game-tying floater with 13.0 seconds remaining was his sixth make in seven attempts when games are within three points in the final 30 seconds...Reggie Evans pulled down 22 rebounds for the second time this season...Gerald Wallace posted a stat-filling line of 11 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks...The Nets improved to 4-0 in overtime games this season, and have won eight consecutive OT contests overall.
Brooklyn Nets (29-22)
|G · C.J. Watson||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Deron Williams (synovitis, both ankles) is OUT.
Indiana Pacers (31-20)
|G · George Hill||G · Lance Stephenson||F · Paul George||F · David West||C · Roy Hibbert|
Danny Granger (sore left knee) is OUT.
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|CAREER-HIGH 34 MINS
12 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
5-9 FGs, 2-4 FTs
|"I credit this win to guys like Reggie and Gerald, for the defense that they played on their two star players. Without defense like that, there's no way we would be in the game at the end to win.
"Us other guys, we just had to chip in and do what we could to stick around."