Wednesday, March 28 at New Jersey
Game Rewind: Nets 100, Pacers 84
After taking what could've been a big step forward with a 15-point home victory over Miami Monday, the Pacers put it in reverse Wednesday.
Deron Williams scored 30 points, 13 in the fourth quarter as New Jersey blew open a close game and rolled to a 100-84 rout of the visiting Pacers Wednesday in Prudential Center.
The loss snapped the Pacers' 10-game winning streak against the lowly Nets, who improved to 17-35 and just 7-19 at home.
Indiana fell to 29-20 overall, 14-13 on the road.
BY THE NUMBERS
Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, adding four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tyler Hansbrough scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench and David West scored 12 with six rebounds. Danny Granger battled foul trouble and played just 21 minutes, scoring five points. Roy Hibbert attempted seven shots and scored five points. The Pacers shot 46 percent and committed 18 turnovers.
Williams shot 9-of-17 overall, 4-of-7 from the arc, adding nine assists and two steals to his 26 points. Marshoon Brooks scored 17, Gerald Green 16 off the bench and Kris Humphries 12 with eight rebounds. Johan Petro stepped in after two other centers were injured and produced 10 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. Gerald Wallace scored 10 with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Nets shot 49 percent, outrebounded the Pacers 43-39 and had 24 assists.
"Give credit to New Jersey for continuing to play hard and work to get victories when they're out of the playoff race. Obviously disappointed in the loss. We've played well against teams with sub-.500 records all year but clearly we didn't tonight." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"I think every team in the NBA has nights where the energy isn't there. That was certainly the case tonight. Am I concerned? Yeah. Any time you play like that, you're concerned. But this team has played hard on most nights this season and I expect them to play hard tomorrow night, too." - Vogel
"(Deron Williams) is one of the best players in the world and we tried a bigger defender on him but it didn't matter. He was not going to be denied. When he has it going like that, he's tough to stop." - Vogel
"They made a decision they weren't going to let him get going. When that happens you don't force it to him, you swing the ball to the second side and attack the weakness where they're bringing the help from. We want to get Roy involved every single time we play but if they're going to take that away and make the weak side vulnerable, then we've got to attack the weak side." - Vogel
"We were kind of sleepwalking and they took it to us. A team like New Jersey, they have a lot of weapons; Deron Williams, MarShon Brooks, and Gerald Green got it going. They were tough to stop. I am surprised at the result, especially coming off a big win like we had the other night. It’s a letdown." - Granger
"For us to just come out and basically lay an egg like that, we just didn’t have enough guys who were willing to put up a fight tonight. This is a hard one to explain. We just didn’t play well enough. We had an opportunity to put some games together here. We have back-to-backs for the next two weeks, so we just can’t come out and play like this against a team like the Nets. We’re the ones fighting for playoff position, so we have something to play for. That was just embarrassing." - West
STAT OF THE GAME
In four games against the Nets this season, George averaged 19.5 points on 28-of-42 shooting (.667) overall, including .609 (14-of-23) from the 3-point line.
Indiana had a 10-0 run in the third period to take a 60-57 lead but the offense soon went dry and New Jersey again took control. The Pacers missed seven shots in a row and committed five turnovers in a span of nearly seven minutes bridging the third and fourth periods, and the Nets took advantage to build a 77-67 lead. Hansbrough scored consecutive buckets to cut it to 81-73 with 7:14 left but he then committed a Flagrant Foul against a driving Marshon Brooks. The call ignited the Nets, who put together a 12-2 run to put it out of reach.
The Nets controlled the first half, putting together runs of six, seven and nine points to open leads as big as nine points (31-22) before settling for a 49-43 lead at the break. The Pacers were unable to get the ball inside effectively as Hibbert attempted just five shots and made one -- that on a putback late in the half. Their perimeter orientation was evident in their absence of trips to the free-throw line; Indiana attempted just one free throw in the half. Foul trouble to Granger did not help. He played just 11 minutes due to three fouls and scored just two points.
After committing just one flagrant foul in the first 47 games, the Pacers have done so twice in the last two. Hansbrough was given a Flagrant 1 against Marshon Brooks in the fourth quarter. ... Dahntay Jones picked up a Flagrant one Monday against Miami. ...Nets center Shelden Williams went straight to the locker room after taking an inadvertent shot to the face from Hansbrough in the second quarter. He did not return due to an eye injury. ... His replacement, Jordan Williams, went out in the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with Hibbert. ... The Pacers wore their bright yellow road uniforms for the first time this season. ... Kyrylo Fesenko, who joined the team for practice Tuesday, was inactive and is expected to remain so indefinitely until he rebulds his conditioning and becomes acclimated to the Pacers offensive and defensive schemes.
The Pacers return home to face the Washington Wizards Thursday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). When the teams met last Thursday in Washington, the Wizards led by 22 in the first half, 19 in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth but the Pacers rallied for an 85-83 victory, scoring the final eight points of the game including a go-ahead 3-pointer by Paul George.