NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Indiana
(Friday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Indiana 113, New Jersey 103
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Mike Dunleavy registered 34 points to lead Indiana over New Jersey, 113-103, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Travis Diener had 19 points and dished out six assists for the Pacers, who snapped a three-game losing streak by featuring seven players who scored in double-figures. Danny Grainger added 16 points, while Jeff Foster grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
"I thought the key to the game was that we started taking charges in the second half, taking pride in not letting the basketball get to the rim," said Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien. "Mike had a really great game. I thought he really stroked the ball well."
Richard Jefferson poured in 34 points for the Nets, who lost for the second time in their last three. Bostjan Nachbar had 22 points off the bench, while Vince Carter notched 15 points and eight assists in a losing cause.
An 11-5 surge put the Nets up 63-58 early in the third, but the Pacers struck back, reeling off eight straight as part of a 15-4 run for a 73-67 edge on a long Dunleavy two with 6:04 left. Indiana's lead increased to 85-72 after three thanks to a Foster putback jam.
Dunleavy's dunk three minutes into the fourth put the Pacers up 95-79. From that point, the Nets did not reduce their deficit below double-digits until less than a minute remained, and the Pacers rolled to the victory.
Indiana jumped out to 6-0 and 10-4 leads early. The lead stretched to as high as eight before a late 7-3 surge capped by a Darrell Armstrong three brought the Nets within 28-27 after one.
New Jersey benefitted from the Pacers' cold shooting in the second period, embarking on a 10-2 run and taking a 37-30 lead just before the midway point on a Jefferson dunk.
The visitors' lead ballooned to 42-32 with 4:39 left before the half on a Carter slam, but Indiana rallied with an 18-7 run to assume a one-point lead, 50-49, at the break, on a tip-in by Marquis Daniels.
"I thought we played pretty well defensively until there were about three minutes left in the second quarter," Nachbar noted. "And then we just stopped. We never recovered from that. We played no defense, had no energy."
Despite the loss, the Nets have won five of the last seven meetings...Indiana missed its first 12 shots of the second quarter...The Pacers topped the Nets on the glass, 43-39, while committing seven fewer turnovers.
02/22 22:15:37 ET