The battle for the 3 seed in the Eastern conference just got a little tighter. Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets went on a tear in the first half, on route to defeat the Pacers 117-109 despite another comeback attempt by the blue and gold in the second half.
Down by as much as 24 points in the second half, the Pacers thundered back out scoring the Nets 35-23 and taking their first lead of the game on a Lance Stephenson three point shot with 5 minutes left in the 4th. The advantage was short lived though, the Nets answered back and took the lead for good off a Jerry Stackhouse 3-pointer with under three minutes to play.
“We just dug ourselves too deep of a hole”, David West said. Our defense has just been coming out a step too slow.”
David West and Paul George led the way, West had 26 but more importantly was successful in the paint. George on the other hand had 21 points, including going 3-for-7 from 3 point range.
The Pacers shot 50 percent tonight for just the tenth time this season. Out of those ten games, this is only the second time that they have shot at least 50% and lost.
“You got to tip your hat to them, they were making everything”, head coach Frank Vogel said. We guarded the paint well, but they got red hot from the perimeter.”
With their win tonight, Brooklyn is now within two games of the Pacers for the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The blue and gold will try to forget this one and travel to Boston to take on the Celtics on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.