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                         === Nets down Pacers in OT ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN (Sports  Network)  - Brook  Lopez had  25  points and  eight
 rebounds  and shot  a perfect 9-of-9 from  the free throw line as the Brooklyn
 Nets  outlasted  the Indiana Pacers in  overtime, 89-84 Monday at Bankers Life
 Fieldhouse.
 
 Joe  Johnson scored 17 points and Gerald Wallace recorded a double-double with
 11  points and 11 rebounds -- all of which were defensive -- for the Nets, who
 ended  a  two-game skid.  Reggie Evans  managed just  eight points, but pulled
 down 22 boards in the victory.
 
 George Hill netted 22 points and dished out six assists, despite going just 1-
 of-7  from behind  the  arc for  the  Pacers, who  have  dropped two  straight
 overtime  home  contests following a  season-high five-game winning streak and
 15-game home winning streak.
 
 Lance  Stephenson and Jeff Pendergraph had 14 points apiece, while Pendergraph
 came  off  the bench to also  add 10 rebounds for  the Pacers, who shot a mere
 34.4 percent (33-of-96) from the floor.
 
 The  Nets, who  were without  star  point guard  Deron Williams  due to  ankle
 problems,  forced overtime  after  being down  six with  under  1 1/2  minutes
 remaining in regulation.
 
 In  the overtime, Wallace nailed a trey to extend the Nets' lead to 83-79 with
 under two minutes to play.
 
 Evans  took  any last  hope for  the home team  away, as  he tipped in Tyshawn
 Taylor's  miss to make it a six-point edge with 45 seconds to play. The Pacers
 got  within 87-84 on a late Stephenson 3-pointer, but Johnson connected on two
 from the charity stripe to secure the victory.
 
 "I  credit this win  to guys like Reggie and Gerald, for the defense that they
 played  on their  two star players," Johnson said. "Without defense like that,
 there's no way we would be in the game at the end to win."
 
 After  Brooklyn  led  70-64  around  the midway  point  of  the  fourth,  D.J.
 Augustin's triple with 4:36 to play ignited a comeback which saw the home team
 tie the game with just under three minutes remaining.
 
 Roy  Hibbert  then blocked Evans'  lay-in and followed  it with a running hook
 shot  on  the other end  to give  the Pacers the  lead. It looked like Indiana
 would  escape  with the  win after Johnson  turned the ball  over on the Nets'
 next  possession  and Hill scored  a quick basket to  extend the edge to 76-72
 with 1:38 remaining.
 
 After  Evans nailed  1-of-2 free throws to bring the Nets within three points,
 David  West  missed a fadeaway jumper,  then Taylor made 1-of-2 free throws to
 make it a two-point contest with 38 seconds to play.
 
 Indiana  again turned  to West with the  shot clock expiring, but he failed to
 convert again, and Johnson tied the game with 13 seconds left in regulation as
 he drove through the lane from the right wing and banked home a floater.
 
 The  Pacers still weren't done, and West tried to redeem himself, but missed a
 running left-handed shot as the clock struck zero to send it to overtime.
 
 "We  tried to tell the service people in the gym to take the lid off the rim,"
 Hill  said.  "Today was  that day that  things just didn't  fall. You can't be
 upset  about  it. We got  great looks, especially late  in the game. I'll take
 them  shots  100 percent  of the  time by  (David) West  and normally he makes
 those."
 
 Brooklyn  lead  20-13 after one quarter  thanks to some poor shooting from the
 Pacers, who shot 24 percent (6-of-25) from the floor.
 
 The  Pacers fought  back with a 11-4 surge  to tie the game at 24-24. The home
 team outscored the Nets 12-5 to close the half and lead, 40-35 at the break.
 
 The  third quarter saw the Pacers slump back into their shooting struggles, as
 the  team  generated just 14 points,  allowing the visitors to take control of
 the game and enter the fourth up 58-54.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Pacers have  now dropped back-to-back home  games for the first time in a
 year,  following the 15-game winning streak it had before losing to Toronto on
 Friday ...  The Nets defeated the Pacers, 97-86, on Jan. 13 at Barclays Center
 ...  Brooklyn,  though, has only won  two of its  last 10 trips to Indiana ...
 Brooklyn  shot 31-of-80  from the floor, good for 38.8 percent ... Paul George
 shot a mere 1-of-10 for five total points in just over 39 minutes of action.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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