Game Rewind: Pacers 86, Nets 97
Sunday, January 13th at 6:00 PM EST at the Barclays Center
Game Rewind: IND at BKLN
by Scott Agness | January 12, 2013
Looking for their first five-game winning streak of the season, the Pacers were on the road in Brooklyn – playing at the new Barclays Center for the first time – and wins away for Indy have been difficult to come by.
The Pacers (23-15) had a six-point lead, and then the fourth quarter happened. Only connecting on three shots in the final 12 minutes, the Pacers were outscored 28-11 by the Nets (22-15) and lost in Brooklyn, 97-86.
In contrast to last night’s game (and the final period), the Pacers’ early shots fell in a hurry. The Nets had trouble matching up with David West and he made them pay, knocking down all five of his shots before coming out. The Pacers were up six but then when they went to their bench, there was a letdown. They missed nine of their final 10 shots in the quarter, including nine straight, and the Nets jumped in front six via a 16-1 run.
Each time the Pacers have had a player go down this season, other guys have stepped up. After playing the first seven minutes of the game, Lance Stephenson came to the bench and would stay there, ruled out with a sore right foot. That gave extended time to Gerald Green, who scored seven in the second, and rookie Orlando Johnson. The Pacers shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and outscored the Nets by nine in the second for a 49-46 halftime lead.
Foul trouble, which usually isn’t an issue for the Pacers, became a serious concern in the second half. George Hill, Paul George and Roy Hibbert all had to be careful as they began the fourth with four fouls each. Frustration was obvious on the Pacers’ end because of their shooting woes and the free throw disparity.
Indiana scored the first basket of the fourth quarter but they wouldn’t make another one for over six minutes. They were ice-cold down the stretch, whereas the Nets shot 57 percent and made all 10 free throw tries. Brook Lopez buried back-to-back jumpers and Joe Johnson connected on a 3-ball to put the Nets back in front – all part of a 17-0 run.
The Pacers got within five points after a 16-foot jumper from West with 4:45 to play but the lid that seemed to be on top of their bucket remained. The Nets got their sixth-straight win, the best active win streak in the NBA, with a 97-86 decision.
Inside the Numbers
David West led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Paul George, still fighting the flu, finished with 15 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and six steals. Gerald Green scored 15 points off the bench in 33 minutes of work. Roy Hibbert swatted six shots to go along with his six points and seven rebounds.
Nets point guard Deron Williams scored 22 points (6-of-6 on free throws) and dished out nine assists. Joe Johnson hit two big three-pointers in the fourth and registered 20 points. Brook Lopez ended the night with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Free throw disparity – Nets: 25-of-31, Pacers: 10-of-12.
Including 16 offensive boards, the Nets outrebounded the Pacers 47-39 and scored 16 second-chance points.
Entering the game, the Pacers were 18-2 when they were in front after three quarters.
The Pacers are 0-3 on Sunday.
“They were clearly the more aggressive team attacking the basket. Our guys didn’t do a good enough job being aggressive and attacking the basket…We got some good looks and the ball just didn’t fall. Our guys played their tails off and we were shorthanded. We played the second night of a back-to-back and I’m very proud of them. ” – Frank Vogel
“We stopped executing and we lost our composure. We let them get going early and once they got the ball rolling, the game slipped out of our reach. We had opportunities, we just lost our composure and did not get it done down the stretch.” – David West
“It was a little tough getting around. My legs took some time but overall, I felt good. I should be okay and the team suggests that I stay on medication. I think I will be good.” – Paul George
“I think when we get 12 free-throws and they have around 31, it is hard to overcome. We have to do a better job at playing without fouling. I think shots were just not falling for us. It changes things when key guards pick up fouls and you become limited on defense. I thought we could’ve won this game, but some things you can’t have total control over.” – Paul George on the difference
Stat of the Game
Shooting 53 percent through three quarters, the Pacers went 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) in the fourth as the Nets connected on 57 percent of their attempts during that same time.
- The Pacers have lost two in a row to the Nets.
- Paul George traveled with the team and returned after missing last night’s game, his first since his rookie season, with the flu.
- Lance Stephenson was diagnosed with a sore right foot in the first quarter and didn’t return.
- George Hill and Frank Vogel were both given technical fouls.
The Pacers are in Charlotte Tuesday to play the Bobcats for the second time in four days. (7 PM EST) Back at home: Friday, Jan. 18th vs. the Houston Rockets