JERMAINE O'NEAL
Bounced back nicely with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
RICK CARLISLE
"We played a solid game in a lot of areas but our undoing was the 3-point shot. It was one of our points of emphasis but they still were able to ring up 13 of them. It was too many. There are some other things you can point to. (Vince) Carter had a great game and he's tough to deal with, but the threes got us."
Points in the Paint:
Nets 34, Pacers 24
Fast-break points:
Nets 15, Pacers 12
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 15, Nets 6
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 22, Nets 20
Starters scoring:
Nets 69, Pacers 62
Bench scoring:
Pacers 45, Nets 42
The Pacers lost for the first time in eight games in which they scored at least 100 points.
Explosive forward Josh Smith and the Hawks await the Pacers Tuesday in Atlanta (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • NEW JERSEY 111, INDIANA 107
    Nets Snuff Pacers' Playoff Hopes

    By Conrad Brunner | April 15, 2007


    What has been likelihood for weeks became certainty Sunday evening.

    For the first time in 10 years, the Pacers won't be going to the playoffs.

    Vince Carter scored 35 points, eight in the final four minutes, as New Jersey claimed a 111-107 victory Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse that brought an end to Indiana's pursuit of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Orlando's 88-86 victory over Boston Sunday evening gave the Magic (38-42) a three-game lead over the Pacers (35-45) with just two remaining.

    The Pacers lost their second in a row and third in four games because they could neither contain Carter nor recover to guard the Nets' 3-point shooters, who went 13-of-23 from the arc, including a perfect 6-of-6 from Bostjan Nachbar, who scored 25.

    Jermaine O'Neal led seven Indiana double-figures scores with 20 points.


    PLUSES

    O'Neal was effective inside, making 7-of-15 shots with four assists and three blocks. Granger scored 17 with four rebounds but shot 5-of-14. Troy Murphy scored 17 off the bench with four rebounds and four assists. Mike Dunleavy scored 15 on 6-of-9 shooting with four rebounds and two steals. Darrell Armstrong scored 13 with five assists and a steal, Shawne Williams continued his surge of strong performances with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, and Jamaal Tinsley returned to the starting lineup with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds. The Pacers shot 46.4 percent overall and were 12-of-20 from the 3-point line, had 26 assists and committed just 14 turnovers.
    MINUSES
    Carter did much of his damage from the perimeter, hitting 3-of-7 from the arc in his 12-of-25 night. In addition to his 35 points, Carter added five rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot. Nachbar was 7-of-9 overall, including 6-of-6 threes, with six rebounds in addition to his 25-point outing. Richard Jefferson scored 18 with six rebounds and five assists. Jason Kidd came up just short of his 12th triple-double of the season with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and rookie Marcus Wiliams had 1 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench. The Nets shot 51.3 percent.
    MOMENTS
    Carter got off early, scoring the Nets' first nine points while the Pacers missed their first six shots and totaling 16 in the first quarter as the Nets jumped out to a 22-13 lead. In a wild second quarter in which the teams combined to make 10 shots from the 3-point line, the Pacers rode treys from Armstrong an Murphy in a 15-5 run that provided their first lead, 37-35. Nachbar made three treys in a row and Kidd tossed in another as the Nets forged a 51-45 lead but the Pacers finished the half on an 11-3 run to take a 56-54 lead into the break.

    The third quarter was close throughout, with six ties and five lead changes and ended appropriately in an 80-all tie. The Nets made the first move of the fourth quarter as 3-pointers from Marcus Williams and Nachbar pushed the visitors into an 88-82 lead. Armstrong and Murphy again struck for the Pacers, who came back to tie 92-all, and the Nets led 97-96 after Granger's jumper with 4:20 remaining.

    Carter then hit 3-pointer over Granger and a jumper over Dunleavy, then Nachbar drove for a dunk and three-point play to give New Jersey a 105-96 lead with 2:55 left. The Pacers had one more surge, with O'Neal scoring four from the line in an 8-2 counter that closed the cap to 107-104 with 1:52 to go. But the Pacers came up empty on their next two possessions, both on missed shots by Granger, while the Nets got a free throw from Jefferson and a jumper from Kidd to make it 110-104 with 11.3 seconds left. Tinsley hit a margin-narrowing 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left but Carter made a free throw to seal the verdict.


    TIDBITS
  • The Pacers honored their 40th Anniversary Team, selected in a fan vote, in a halftime ceremony. Team members Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Rik Smits, Billy Keller and Clark Kellogg were present. Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, Billy Knight, Antonio Davis, Dale Davis, Jermaine O'Neal and the late Roger Brown could not attend the ceremony.
  • Tinsley had missed the previous five games with a right elbow injury. Keith McLeod, who started those five games and averaged 11.0 points and 3.2 assists, did not play.
  • The Nets swept the series for the first time since the 1982-83 season. A team averaging 97.2 points and 45.6 percent shooting overall averaged 108.5 points and 49.7 percent shooting in four victories over the Pacers.
  • The Pacers have outscored their last four opponents 75-38 on second-chance points.