Player of the Game
Second-year center celebrated his 23rd birthday by producing a career-high 20 points in 27 minutes, making 8-of-17 shots, adding nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
Points in the paint: Nets 46, Pacers 42
Fast-break points: Nets 19, Pacers 15
Second-chance points: Nets 13, Pacers 10
Points off turnovers: Pacers 20, Nets 13
Starters scoring: Nets 68, Pacers 60
Bench scoring: Pacers 47, Nets 23
Stat of the Night
The Pacers held the Nets to 4-of-20 shooting in the fourth quarter, including 12 misses in a row to start the quarter.
Including two straight this season, the Pacers have won five of the last six games with the Nets.
Hibbert's nine rebounds included seven offensive boards which tied his most ever in the NBA. As a team, the Pacers had 17 offensive boards--their second highest total of the season.
The Nets also had 17 offensive rebounds, tying their most of the season. Brook Lopez and Josh Boone each had eight offensive boards. That is Boone's most offensive boards this season.
The Pacers' 55 rebounds are their most in the last 14 games--since having a season-best 57 vs. Golden State, 11/11. The Pacers have had 50+ rebounds four times this season, but just once in the last 14 games.
Leading the Pacers in scoring for the first time this season, Tyler Hansbrough scored a career-high 21 points and also tied his career-high three steals.
With T.J. Ford and Hansbrough both having three steals tonight, the Pacers had double-digit thefts (10) for the fourth time this season and second time in the last 15 games.
Including three from Roy Hibbert and two from Troy Murphy, the Pacers had seven blocked shots tonight, their most since having eight at Charlotte, 11/22, nine games ago.
The Pacers had assists on 22 of their 42 field goals tonight and Indiana is 2-6 this season when registering 20+ assists.
Tonight's win is the Pacers' first of the season in a game in which it has had fewer free throw attempts than the opposition (1-9). Including 9-10 by New Jersey's Brook Lopez, the Nets shot 22-29 FTS to the Pacers' 17-19 from the line.
As a unit, the Indiana bench had four of the team's 10 steals but committed just two of Indiana's 19 turnovers.
The Pacers hit the road to face Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and the Wizards Saturday in Washington (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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Hibbert, Hansbrough break out in a big way
While enjoying the moment, the Pacers also got nice little glimpse into the future Friday night. Rookie forward Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points and second-year center Roy Hibbert celebrated his 23rd birthday with 20 -- career highs for both young big men -- as the Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a solid 107-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets before 12,175 Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse.
With 10 losses in 11 games coming in, this was a much-needed victory for the Pacers (7-13), who have another streak to snap Saturday night as they've lost six in a row on the road heading into Washington. The Nets, who opened the season with an NBA-record 18 consecutive losses, dropped to 2-21.
“Good win, just a solid win. I felt we played tough defensively. Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough had really good games, showed good growth." -- Jim O'Brien on the game.
"He was playing as well as anybody on the team (tonight). We’re fortunate he got kicked up another four minutes. His intensity on the court was something we needed." -- O'Brien on Hansbrough.
"I think we’ve been growing as a basketball team in spite of the losses. I didn’t see any signs we were down. They remained focused and knew we really needed a win.” -- O'Brien.
“We played together tonight and we must continue to play together. We can’t dwell on Danny being out. We just have to put five out there at a time and everybody work hard and hold the franchise down until Danny gets back." -- Roy Hibbert.
"I love playing for this franchise and this team and I think we can only get better as time goes on. This was a great birthday present for me.” -- Hibbert.
"I felt good and it felt good to get a win tonight. This win does not erase the losses that we had, but it sure helps out. It’s very frustrating to lose but I have to keep working and we have to keep working on our game to get better. We showed up tonight, played hard and won. We see what can happen when you keep pushing and helping each other out. It was a good win and we want it to carry over to tomorrow.” -- Hansbrough.
The second unit gave the Pacers their first surge, finishing the first quarter with an 8-0 run to build a 27-21 lead, and then adding a 14-4 burst early in the second to make it 41-27. The Pacers took a 60-51 lead into the second half and the Nets started to chip away, cutting it to 76-71 on a bucket by Courtney Lee. But the Nets would manage just one more bucket in the next 10-plus minutes, missing 18 of 19 attempts as the Pacers pulled away with a 20-4 run that made it 96-75 with 8:12 left.
The run was capped by the first 3-pointer of Hibbert's career, attempted only because the shot-clock was winding down, he had the ball in his hands 23 feet from the hoop and O'Brien was shouting, "shoot it, shoot it" from the bench.
The Nets carved it back to 98-87 with 3:47 left but Hansbrough, able to be on the court for the finish because his minutes limit has been increased to 24, scored twice more to help the Pacers put it away.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Pacers had six players score in double figures, led by Hansbrough, who was 8-of-18 from the field and pulled seven rebounds, and Hibbert, who also had nine rebounds and three blocks. Troy Murphy scored 15 with 12 rebounds, another quiet double-double, making 5-of-7 from the field and adding two blocks. Mike Dunleavy made all three of his 3-pointers and scored 15, adding five rebounds and four assists. Brandon Rush had 10 points and eight rebounds and T.J. Ford 10 points, five assists and three steals. The Pacers shot a respectable .467, including 6-of-13 from the 3-point line, and outrebounded the Nets 55-41.
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 25 points but shot 8-of-23. He added 14 rebounds and three blocks. Devin Harris left the game briefly with a sprained left pinky but returned and finished with 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting and just three assists against four turnovers. Rafer Alstson scored 17 off the bench and Courtney Lee had 14 points. The Nets shot .363 overall and were 3-of-13 from the 3-point line with more turnovers (16) than assists (12).