SHAWNE WILLIAMS
Scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench.
RICK CARLISLE
“(Jermaine O'Neal) was just too sore to go. It’s a big loss, especially with the way he’s been playing. He has been playing hurt the last two months and he’s been playing a lot on one leg during that time. It’s a situation we if he’s not right, you can’t play him. He’s day to day and we hope that he makes progress between now and Friday.”
Points in the Paint:
Nets 42, Pacers 26
Fast-break points:
Nets 26, Pacers 11
2nd-chance points:
Nets 15, Pacers 9
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 24, Nets 20
Starters scoring:
Pacers 51, Nets 51
Bench scoring:
Nets 49, Pacers 21
The Pacers' five starters combined to shoot 17-of-59 from the field, or 28.8 percent.
This brief but important road trip concludes Friday night in Orlando against Dwight Howard and the Magic (8 p.m., ESPN, FSN-Indiana).
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  • NEW JERSEY 118, INDIANA 94
    Without O'Neal, Pacers Can't Find Nets

    At East Rutherford, N.J. | March 28, 2007


    Without Jermaine O'Neal, who had provided nearly 40 percent of their offensive output in the previous two games, the Pacers looked lost offensively and confused defensively. The result was a discouraging 118-94 loss to the Nets Wednesday in Continental Airlines Arena that could ultimately cost the Pacers dearly in their pursuit of a 10th consecutive playoff berth.

    O'Neal, who was forced to sit out the game with a sprained left ankle incurred in Tuesday night's loss to Cleveland, had totaled 71 of the team's 184 points in the previous two games, or 38.6 percent. Not only did no one player step forward to accept a larger share of the scoring responsibility, there was no collective production from the handful of threats on the roster.

    The Pacers (31-40) lost their 10th in a row on the road and third in a row overall. It was their 16th loss in 18 games and dropped them into a ninth-place tie with New York. The Nets (33-38) beat the Pacers for the third straight time and clinched the season series, and thus the pivotal tie-breaker, and moved past the Magic into seventh. Indiana travels to Orlando for a Friday matchup.


    PLUSES

    Rookie forward Shawne Williams produced a career-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and snapped his six-game drought from the 3-point line by making 2-of-5, but that was about the only thing approaching a highlight. Troy Murphy started and had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy scored 14, Danny Granger and Darrell Armstrong 11 and Jamaal Tinsley 10. But the thoroughness of the defeat was reflected in these two statistics: the starters combined to shoot 28.8 percent and the reserves were outscored 49-21.
    MINUSES
    The Pacers couldn't even point to monster games from superstar players as the source of their demise. Rather, a much-maligned Nets bench proved dominant. Rookies Josh Boone (22 points) and Marcus Williams (11 assists) both posted career highs. Boone added 10 rebounds. Bostjan Nachbar scored 20 in 24 minutes. Four of the five Nets starters played fewer than 26 minutes. Richard Jefferson scored 14, Vince Carter 13 with eight rebounds and four assists, Jason Kidd 12 with eight rebounds and six assists and Mikki Moore 12. New Jersey shot 54.8 percent, outrebounded the Pacers 49-40, had 34 assists on its 40 field goals and made 12-of-22 from the 3-point line (54.5 percent).
    MOMENTS
    With the Pacers missing 12 of their first 15 shots and the Nets making 9-of-12, the home team quickly established a 22-11 lead. The Pacers answered with a 9-2 run to close to four but the Nets pulled out to a 32-21 lead at the end of the period and it remained in double digits the rest of the night. A 12-point run in the second quarter made it 51-29. Trailing 60-43 at the half and 78-61 late in the third, the Pacers saw Nachbar key an 11-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers as the Nets made it 89-61. The lead grew to 30 (100-70) in the fourth.
    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal had hoped to play and got treatment throughout the day on his left ankle but was ruled out by the team's medical staff to avoid the possibility of further injury. The Pacers dropped to 2-8 without their franchise forward.
  • Marquis Daniels missed his 14th consecutive game with a sore left knee.
  • Jeff Foster picked up a flagrant foul with 42.7 seconds left in the first quarter because he made contact with the head of a driving Nachbar.
  • The Nets wanted another flagrant foul called on David Harrison, who chased down Eddie House from behind on the fast-break and sent the guard tumbling to the floor, but no such call was forthcoming. House left the game with an apparent concussion.
  • Darrell Armstrong left the game with 3:51 remaining after taking an elbow from Marcus Williams that caused a bloody nose.