Jan. 2, 2012 at Newark, N.J.
Game Rewind: Pacers 108, Nets 94
So much for the collective shooting slump.
Posting season-highs in most every offensive category, the Pacers erupted for 13-of-21 shooting from the 3-point line, 9-of-11 in the second half, to take care of business and beat the Nets 108-94 Monday in the Prudential Center.
The Pacers (4-1) entered the game ranked last in the NBA with a shooting percentage of .385 but hit .526 in winning their eighth in a row against the Nets, their sixth straight in New Jersey.
Playing its fourth game in five nights, New Jersey (1-5) lost its fifth in a row.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Pacers had season highs in points, field goals (41), assists (26), 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage (.619). Paul George led the scoring with 21 points, making all five of his 3-point attempts. Danny Granger scored 15 on 4-of-14 shooting, adding six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. David West had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, Tyler Hansbrough 12 points and seven rebounds and Dahntay Jones scored 11 -- nine in the fourth quarter.
Deron Williams scored 22 with eight assists to lead New Jersey. Rookie Marshon Brooks scored 21 with seven rebounds. Sundiata Gaines scored 12 and Damion Jones 10 for the Nets, who shot 37 percent.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel: "It's always good to get a W on the road. We're very pleased with our effort. Hats off to New Jersey for playing so scrappy on the fourth game in five nights. We couldn't keep them off the glass; they just kept coming after it. Fortunately we made them play with some transition buckets late but they played a scrappy game.
Vogel: "It's a simple game. When you share the basketball and you play for each other, we can be pretty good. I think our guys learned that lesson tonight. It's a little misleading because the fourth quarter was all small lineups and spread pick-and-rolls but we shot well early because we were sharing the ball. We watched tape this morning of all the guys who were missing on the perimeter and our guys learned from the film session and played unselfishly today."
Granger: "We wanted to emphasize passing more so we passed a lot. We probably had six guys in double figures scoring so that's definitely a team effort. Coach made an emphasis that we need to take better shots and we did and shot 50 percent."
Granger (on David West): "He got his mid-range jump shot going, caused double-teams, him and Roy (Hibbert) and we hit a lot of threes tonight because of that."
STAT OF THE GAME
Granger hit 3-of-7 from the 3-point line, extending his streak to 21 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made, the longest active streak in the league. He was just 1-of-7 inside the arc, however, and is now shooting 20-of-63 (.317) on two-point attempts.
A pair of fast-break dunks by Jones sparked an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that gave the Pacers an 85-67 lead but the Nets weren't quite done, chipping away and cutting the margin to 91-79 on a layup by Shawne Williams with 5:30 remaining. But George hit two 3-pointers sandwiching one by Jones to give the Pacers their biggest lead of the game, 100-81, and there would be no more challenges.
Hitting all four of their 3-point attempts in the period, the Pacers began to pull away in the third. Threes by Granger and George and a three-point play by David West pushed the lead to double digits for the first time, 62-51. After the Nets closed to 65-60, Granger and George struck again from long range as the Pacers put together a 12-2 run late in the period to extend the margin to 77-62.
The Pacers produced their highest-scoring quarter of the season with 29 in the first, taking an eight-point lead. But they could not stretch it in the second and led 48-42 at the break. The Pacers shot 44 percent in the half as West had 10 points and three assists and Granger scored eight but shot just 2-of-8. Deron Williams had 13 points and four assists for the Nets, who shot 38 percent in the half, while Brooks scored nine.
A native of Wildwood Crest, N.J., Vogel had a number of family members in attendance, including his mother, father, stepmother and brother. … The Pacers were without reserve centers Jeff Foster (sore lower back) and Jeff Pendergraph (sore right knee) for the fifth straight game. … The Nets were without their starting frontcourt combination as center Brook Lopez, out for a month with a stress fracture in his right foot, was joined in street clothes by power forward Kris Humphries (sore left shoulder). Shelden Williams started for Humphries, while Mehmet Okur has replaced Lopez. … The Nets have one third of the players named Williams in the NBA: Deron, Shelden, Shawne and Jordan.
The Pacers play their first game against a contender Wednesday in Miami against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). The Heat lost its first game of the season, 100-92, Monday against Atlanta to fall to 5-1. It's the first of four meetings between the teams, including a matchup in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Valentine's Day. The Pacers have lost six of seven against the Heat.