PLAYER OF THE GAME
/media/playerfile/marquis_daniels.jpg" align="left"/> MARQUIS DANIELS
Brought a spark off the bench with 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists in 33 minutes.
QUOTABLE
/media/playerfile/rick_carlisle.jpg" align="left"/> RICK CARLISLE
"We had some good stretches but we got off to another terrible start and it's just something you can't do in this league. You can't play from behind, especially at home. We've got a full house here and the fans were jacked up and I think our guys were excited about that, but you've got to get off to better starts. … The starts are killing us."
HUSTLE BOARD
Points in the Paint:
Nets 42, Pacers 30
Fast-break points:
Nets 13, Pacers 10
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 16, Nets 14
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 22, Nets 13
Starters scoring:
Nets 72, Pacers 70
Bench scoring:
Nets 28, Pacers 21
STAT OF THE GAME
The Pacers trailed after the first quarter (26-18) for the seventh time in nine games.
UP NEXT
/media/playerfile/michael_redd.jpg" align="left"> The Pacers open a two-game home-and-home set with the Bucks Saturday in Milwaukee. The Bucks come to Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday.
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    Pacers Can't Complete Comeback

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 17, 2006


    Rick Carlisle was concerned, and justifiably so, about another poor start that forced the Pacers to play from behind most of the night.

    The finish wasn't much to behold, either. The Pacers missed four of five shots and committed four turnovers in the final 2½ minutes as New Jersey finished the game on a 10-2 run to quell an Indiana rally and pull out a 100-91 victory Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Once Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington escaped from the jail of first-half foul trouble, the Pacers came back to life. With their two star forwards combining for 27 points in the second half, Indiana wiped out a 14-point deficit to take a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't finish the deal.

    The Pacers lost their third in a row overall to fall to 4-5 and 2-2 at home. The Nets, who were carried throughout by Vince Carter's 28 points, won their second in a row to improve to 5-3.


    PLUSES

    Marquis Daniels had his second strong game in a row with 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists off the bench. Harrington, limited to 25 minutes by foul trouble, scored 10 of his 18 in the fourth quarter. O'Neal didn't score in the first half but racked up 13 in the third period on his way to 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a block. Danny Granger scored 12 with four rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. And Jeff Foster played a season-high 29 minutes and pulled 11 rebounds. The Pacers were nearly even on the boards (losing 43-42).
    MINUSES
    The Pacers did not shoot well (.437) and were a little too trigger-happy from the 3-point line (6-of-21). The Nets were much more aggressive in attacking the basket and held a 26-9 scoring advantage from the free-throw line. Carter was 10-of-22 for his 29 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nenad Krstic scored 18 with seven rebounds and two blocks. Jason Kidd had 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Clifford Robinson scored 14 off the bench.
    MOMENTS
    Another slow start ultimately doomed the Pacers, who fell behind 39-25 midway through the second period but after both O'Neal and Harrington went to the bench with three fouls apiece, Daniels and Tinsley keyed a 16-7 counterpunch that reduced the lead to 46-41. But Krstic scored the final five points of the half as the Nets to a 10-point lead into the break.

    The margin was 57-45 when O'Neal finished a 10-3 run with three straight baskets to cut it to 60-55. Then Danny Granger hit a pair of 3-pointers in an 11-point burst that pushed the Pacers into a 75-71 lead with 10:40 remaining. The Nets regained their stride and regained the lead for good, 82-79, on Bostjan Nachbar's three-point play with 7:51 remaining.

    The game was still very much in doubt heading into the final 3 minutes but the Pacers went 1-of-5 from the field and committed four turnovers down the stretch. The most damaging basket was a putback by Krstic that made it 94-89 with 1:50 remaining. Tinsley stripped Kidd and fed Granger for a dunk that closed the gap to 94-91 at 1:22 but the Pacers couldn't close the deal. Twice in the final minute, they came up with stops but both times turned it over immediately – the first when Daniels traveled after grabbing a rebound and the second when Darrell Armstrong dived across the midcourt stripe to grab a loose ball, then passed back to Granger, who was just behind the line for an over-and-back violation.


    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal missed the morning shootaround with a sore pectoral muscle but was cleared to play by the team's medical staff.
  • David Harrison missed the game with a left shoulder strain. He will not travel to Milwaukee, and Carlisle said he hopes the young center can be back for Tuesday's rematch with the Bucks in Conseco Fieldhouse. Shawne Williams and Josh Powell joined Harrison on the inactive list.
  • Maceo Baston was on the active roster for the first time in six games.
  • The Nets played without injured starter Richard Jefferson (ankle).