Game Rewind: Pacers 84, Nets 89
Monday, February 11th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Instant Rewind: IND 84, BKN 89
Pacers.com Staff Report | February 11, 2013 | Updated: 9:47 PM
The Pacers hadn’t lost at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in over two months, a streak of 15 in a row. They now are on a new streak – two consecutive home losses, in overtime, where they led by four points late – and one they’d like to end immediately.
They used a 12-2 run to go ahead by four with 1:38 to play but the Nets tied the game up and the Pacers missed their final four shots in regulation. In extra time, the Nets (30-22) got a couple wild shots to fall and made all four free throws to beat the Pacers 89-84.
The Pacers (31-21) got off to a horrid start, making just 6 of their 26 first quarter attempts. It didn’t help that David West was poked in the eye by Brook Lopez one minute into the game, while on defense. He wouldn’t return in the half. Roy Hibbert went 3-of-11 from the field and Paul George missed six of seven tries. Despite all that, the Pacers only trailed 20-13.
An unlikely candidate provided the Pacers a much-needed boost in the second quarter – none other than reserve Jeff Pendergraph, who had only seen action in one of the past five games (and for just two minutes). He helped fuel a 21-7 run that put the team back in front 40-35 at the break. While playing the entire quarter, Pendergraph scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Pacers’ lead disappeared in the early-going of the second half, as the Nets opened with three easy layups. Their shooting woes were a consistent problem all night. This quarter, where they connected on 5-of-18 attempts, was no exception. The Nets outscored the Pacers 23-14 and entered the fourth quarter with a four-point edge.
The visiting Nets pushed their lead up to nine in the first few minutes of the fourth, but would later go on a six-minute drought. During the period, the Pacers used a 12-2 run to go ahead by four, with 1:38 remaining. Paul George, who didn’t provide much all night, fouled out with 62 seconds to play. The difference down the stretch was empty possessions. While the Nets hit a couple free throws and then Joe Johnson banked in a tough shot, the Pacers missed their final four shots, including a last-second attempt, off an inbounds play, with 3.2 seconds left.
Tied at 76, the Pacers were headed to overtime for the second game in a row and the odds were against them. Coming into the game, the Nets were 3-0 in extra time.
First, Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor sunk a 20-foot jumper, and then he converted a West turnover into a layup. Hill’s jumper at the other end went down, but Gerald Wallace responded with a big three-pointer in the corner to extend Brooklyn’s lead to four. The Pacers missed their next four shots and the Nets pulled away for an 89-84 win.
Inside the Numbers
George Hill led the Pacers with 22 points (8-of-11 shooting inside the arc) six assists and no turnovers. Lance Stephenson chipped in 14 and Roy Hibbert registered a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds).
Jeff Pendergraph scored a season-high 14 points and with 10 rebounds, recording his first career double-double (in 17 minutes).
With just five points on 1-of-10 shooting, Paul George’s streak of double figure games ends at 16.
Brook Lopez had a game-high 25 points, his 30th straight game in double figures. Joe Johnson added 17 and Gerald Wallace finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Reggie Evans swallowed up 22 rebounds, one short of his career-high.
Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor had the best game of his brief NBA career. He finished with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists, all career-highs.
Three of the Pacers’ last four losses have come in overtime, and by an average of 3 points.
The Nets improved to 4-0 in overtime this season, extending their league-leading streak to nine straight overtime wins.
The Pacers turned the ball over eight times, their second-fewest total of the season.
“Tough shooting night for our guys. They played hard, but it was one of those games when we couldn’t put it in the basket.” – Frank Vogel
“He basically played the second half with one eye. He got scratched in the eye and couldn’t see.” – Frank Vogel on David West
“He’s a good basketball player…Can’t find enough minutes for Jeff but he deserves more and every time he gets opportunities, he proves himself.” – Frank Vogel on Jeff Pendergraph
“(Coach Vogel) has been trying to find a way to get me in the game and I finally got an opportunity and it just came natural...Just trying to have that positive attitude has been key. When I do get a chance, I look like I’ve been playing all season.” – Jeff Pendergraph on his contribution
“We tried to tell the service people in the gym to take the lid off the rim…Today was that day that things just didn’t fall. You can’t be upset about it. We got great looks, especially late in the game. I’ll take them shots 100 percent of the time by (David) West and normally he makes those.” – George Hill on their shooting struggles
"I shot horribly from the field and didn't man-up and play good defense. This is a tough one to deal with…I felt like I got all the shots where I wanted tonight, they just didn’t go in." - Roy Hibbert
Stat of the Game
The Pacers missed 12 of their last 14 shots over the final 6:38.
- The Nets won their third straight game over the Pacers and ended a five-game losing streak at the Fieldhouse.
- Deron Williams missed the game after he stayed home to receive PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment on both ankles for inflammation.
- Former MLB pitcher Carl Erskine, an Anderson, Indiana native, performed the National Anthem on his harmonica.
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