NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 10th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (12-67) at Indiana Pacers (31-48), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams hoping to finish the NBA season strongly meet in Indianapolis Saturday when the New Jersey Nets visit the Pacers.
Indiana has been playing much better recently and won its third straight game over the LeBron James-less Cavaliers last night in Cleveland. Danny Granger scored 13 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter in that one, as the Pacers pulled out a 116-113 victory to deal Cleveland just its fifth home loss of the season.
All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, with Brandon Rush and Earl Watson recording 16 points apiece. Watson had a team-best 10 assists, while Troy Murphy posted 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the Pacers' fourth win in the last five games.
Indiana will miss the postseason for a fourth straight year but has won nine of the last 11 games coming down the stretch with three to play.
The Nets played the spoiler role last night, handing playoff-hopeful Chicago a 127-116 double overtime setback in New Jersey on Friday.
Rookie Terrence Williams recorded his first career triple-double, pouring in a career-high 27 points to go with 13 rebounds and 10 helpers in that one.
Brook Lopez added 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, who won the season series from the Bulls by taking two of the three games. Devin Harris contributed with 19 points, while Courtney Lee and Yi Jianlian had 16 and 15 points, respectively. Yi pulled down 12 boards.
"It was definitely a playoff atmosphere," said Harris. "We know how importantly they needed this game. We just wanted to project home court and try to finish the season on a high note. So, we're attacking every game like we need to win."
The Pacers have already beaten New Jersey three times this year and will be aiming to sweep the season series tonight. Meanwhile, the Nets have lost eight straight on the road and are just 4-35 as the visitor on the year.
04/10 10:34:14 ET