NBA Game Summary - Indiana at New Jersey
(Tuesday, November 17th)
Final Score: Indiana 91, New Jersey 83
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Danny Granger finished with a team-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers handed New Jersey its 11th straight loss to start the season after claiming a 91-83 win at the IZOD Center.
Roy Hibbert had a solid game by tying a career-high with 19 points and added 10 boards for Indiana, which has won five straight games for the first times since the 2004-05 season. Dahntay Jones ended with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists.
"It was a scrappy game, hard-fought and we are happy to get out of here with a win," Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said.
Chris Douglas-Roberts had a game-best 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds, while Brook Lopez went for 26 points and 16 boards for the Nets, who will try for their first win on the 2009-2010 season on Wednesday at Milwaukee. Rafer Alston chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.
"Eighty-two games, 71 left, we just have to keep plugging at it," said a confident Lopez. "We have to come out and hit them first."
New Jersey extended its worst start in franchise history remains the only winless team in the NBA and has lost all five of its home tilts this season.
Indiana jumped out to a 31-21 lead after the opening 12 minutes, then stretched its advantage to 14 following a Hibbert jumper with a little over seven minutes left in the second.
The Nets got as close as four at 50-46 after a pair of Trenton Hassell free throws with 1:02 left, but two at the line and a jumper from Granger gave Indiana a 54-46 lead at the intermission.
A 9-0 surge to start the third stretched the visitors' advantage to 63-46, but a Douglas-Roberts tip-in with a minute left made it a five-point game. A pair of free throws from Brandon Rush put the Pacers ahead 67-60 after three quarters.
In the fourth, Hibbert's layup and four straight points from Jones made it a double-digit lead again. New Jersey got as close as six points at 83-77 following a Douglas-Roberts make with 3:06 remaining, but Earl Watson banged in a three-pointer from the corner and the Nets were unable to get any closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Pacers took two of three meetings with New Jersey a season ago, but despite the loss, the Nets have won seven of the last 12 in the series...Indiana forward Troy Murphy (back) missed his fifth straight game.
11/17 23:50:30 ET