The Indiana Pacers ended their six-game losing streak by defeating the New Jersey Nets, who had won four of five coming in. The Nets grabbed an early first-quarter lead, 21-15, on a Brook Lopez jumper, but Indiana would go on a 17-6 run to close the quarter and take a 32-27 lead into the second quarter. The Pacers would take their first-double digit lead at 54-44 on a lay up by Mike Dunleavy with 3:53 left in the second quarter and would grab a 20-point lead, 80-60, 2ith 9:03 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Danny Granger. The Pacers would go up by as much as 34 on their way to a 32-point victory, 124-92.
Nets head coach Avery Johnson was clearly frustrated after the game. “Hopefully, when we keep getting our faces smashed in, we’ll get it. You get your face smashed in enough, sometime, you’re going to have to learn to fight back. It’s the growing pains of this year.”
Brook Lopez, with 28 points, and Travis Outlaw, with 12 points and 6 rebounds, were the only Nets players in double figures. Devin Harris finished with 9 points and 9 assists.
The Pacers were led by Dunleavy with 30 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds, while Roy Hibbert scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 2 shots. Danny Granger scored 18 points and pulled down 5 rebounds, while first-round pick Paul George came off the bench to score 15 points.
The Nets face the Bucks in Milwaukee tonight at 8:30pm.