Nets continue playoff pull with win over Pacers
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets are personification their basketball during a right time, as a deteriorate winds down to a final few games and a Nets inextricable in a four-team conflict for a eighth and final playoff mark in a NBA Eastern Conference.
Is there a categorical reason for their new success?
“We’re personification together,” pronounced core Brook Lopez, who scored 24 points and grabbed 11rebounds, heading a Nets to a 111-106 feat over a Indiana Pacers in a vicious competition with playoff ramifications for both teams Tuesday night during a Barclays Center. “That’s a biggest thing. We’re all looking for any other.”
“The group is personification unequivocally well,” pronounced ensure Alan Anderson, who combined 20 points off a bench. “We’re personification together. We’re pity a ball, looking for any other. It helps all of us out a lot.”
Six Nets reached double total in an tour that saw a Nets (33-40) secure their fourth true victory, their longest of a season, and their fifth in a final 6 games as they changed one-half diversion past idle Boston into eighth place for a final playoff mark in a NBA Eastern Conference with 9 games to play.
The Pacers, who have been in a nosedive in new weeks, mislaid for a eighth time in a final 10 games and fell to 32-42, 1 1/2 games behind a Nets in a standings. The Nets also now have a tiebreaker opposite Indiana, winning dual of 3 games this season.
Nets manager Lionel Hollins knows that his group is personification well, improving to 8-2 over their final 10.
“We’re some-more together,” Hollins said. “We caring some-more about any other. we consider we’ve been personification good given a All-Star break, though we have to keep winning. It’s one thing to play well. we like for us to be personification well. But we like winning as well.”
Forward Joe Johnson was huge, adding 21, including a purchase 3-pointer in a shutting seconds to sign a deal.
Other than Lopez, Johnson and Anderson, 13 from ensure Jarrett Jack, 11 points and 8 assists from ensure Deron Williams and 10 points from ensure Markel Brown.
“It was huge,” Williams said. “The diversion meant a lot to both of us. It was a good group win with a lot of guys personification well.”
The Nets took control of a waver diversion mid by a fourth quarter, going on a vicious 5-0 run to pull their lead to 95-85 with 7:05 left. Jack scored on a required 3-point play and brazen Thaddeus Young had a pushing layup, giving Brooklyn a autocratic lead.
The Pacers sliced a lead to 5 on dual occasions, though a Nets hold a Pacers during brook a residue of a approach to secure a purchase victory. Johnson canned a prolonged 3-pointer with 15.4 seconds left to give a Nets a 108-100 lead.
The Pacers were led by ensure George Hill, who had 28 points. Forward David West had 14 points and pot Luis Scola and C.J. Watson had 13 points any for a Pacers, who played many of a diversion but C.J. Miles, who harmed his ankle in a initial half and didn’t return.
“We usually have to pierce on,” Pacers manager Frank Vogel said. “The game’s over. There’s still personification of basketball still to be played. We have to pierce on right away. There’s no choice. We have to pierce past this diversion and get prepared for a diversion tomorrow. It’s usually that simple.”
The Nets exploded out to a large 18-point lead in a initial quarter, afterwards saw a Pacers’ second section come right behind in a second quarter, usually to have a Nets take control of a diversion late.
“We usually played some-more openly and got after it during home,” Hollins said. “We executed good down a stretch. It’s not usually one man personification well. It’s a Brooklyn Nets personification well.”
NOTES: Nets C Brook Lopez, who averaged 28.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per diversion in 4 contests final week, was comparison a Eastern Conference Player of a Week. … Pacers F Paul George is still rehabbing his damaged leg and not prepared to lapse to action, according to manager Frank Vogel. More than likely, George will not play for a residue of a season. … The Nets welcomed behind F Thaddeus Young, who missed dual games with a left knee strain. Young has been a godsend given a Nets acquired him in a trade with Minnesota for F Kevin Garnett. He began a night averaging 13.6 points per diversion for Brooklyn. … Nets PG Deron Williams reached 6,000 assists in his career. … Before removing harm final night, Pacers F C.J. Miles had averaged 26.3 points over a prior 3 games.