NEW YORK -- After falling behind by 12 points in the third quarter, the Brooklyn Nets used their smothering defense to shut down the Indiana Pacers in the fourth and get their season-high sixth straight win.
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Indiana, which had won four straight, was outscored 28-11 in the final period while shooting just 3 for 22 from the field.
"When it came down to it down the stretch we held them to one shot. We just `D'd' up," said Brooklyn's Brook Lopez, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the final quarter. He also finished with nine rebounds and two blocks.
Green made two free throws against his former team to give Indiana a 67-55 lead -- its largest of the game -- with 5 ½ minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Nets pulled to 75-69 by the end of the third, and began the fourth on a 26-8 run to take a 12-point lead on C.J. Watson's jumper with 2:08 remaining.
"We stopped executing and we lost our composure," West said. "We let them get going and put ourselves in a bad position. We got sloppy."
After Ian Mahinmi gave the Indiana a 77-73 lead with 10:56 remaining in the game, the Pacers did not score again until Green's two free throws with 6:41 left. They didn't make a field goal until West's basket with 4:45 remaining.
Indiana was issued two technical in the fourth -- on George Hill and coach Frank Vogel.
"Clearly the officiating was getting to us," Vogel said. "That's all I can say about that."
Kris Humphries added 10 points and nine rebounds in just 17 minutes for the Nets.
"We had [Gerald Wallace] out already and we had won five in a row," said Williams, who played despite a thigh contusion. "The last time we won five in a row we went 3-13 so this was a big game for us. We needed this game."
The Nets took a 27-18 lead on Williams' 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Brooklyn then struggled in the second, shooting just 9 for 25 (36 percent) as the Pacers took a 49-46 halftime lead.
"In the second half we got after it. We defended very, very well," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said after improving to 8-1. "Our defense was great and the bench was fantastic. The defense fuels us."
Brooklyn beat Indiana for the second straight time after losing the previous 10 meetings.
|Deron Williams scores 22 points and adds nine assists as the Nets improve to 8-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. (US Presswire)|
|Brooklyn (22-15) «||27||19||23||28||97|
|IND:D. West 27 Pts
IND:P. George 12 Reb
IND:D. Augustin 4 Ast
|BKN:D. Williams 22 Pts
BKN:K. Humphries 9 Reb
BKN:D. Williams 9 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|D. West, PF||35||11-19||5-6||6||3||4||27|
|P. George, SF||35||6-18||0-0||12||3||5||15|
|G. Hill, PG||34||6-13||0-0||3||3||2||13|
|R. Hibbert, C||31||3-5||0-0||7||0||5||6|
|L. Stephenson, SG||6||0-1||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|G. Green, SF||33||5-13||4-4||5||2||0||15|
|D. Augustin, PG||18||1-4||0-0||0||4||0||3|
|I. Mahinmi, C||17||2-2||1-2||3||0||2||5|
|O. Johnson, SG||17||0-4||0-0||2||3||2||0|
|T. Hansbrough, PF||13||1-4||0-0||0||0||1||2|
|D. Granger, SF||Did Not Play|
|B. Hansbrough, PG||Did Not Play|
|D. McGuire, PF||Did Not Play|
|J. Pendergraph, PF||Did Not Play|
|M. Plumlee, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|J. Johnson, SG||42||7-16||3-3||5||3||1||20|
|D. Williams, PG||41||7-18||6-6||5||9||3||22|
|R. Evans, PF||30||1-2||0-0||6||1||3||2|
|B. Lopez, C||29||5-14||5-8||9||2||1||15|
|K. Bogans, SG||22||2-4||3-4||3||0||1||8|
|C. Watson, PG||20||4-4||0-0||4||1||2||8|
|A. Blatche, C||19||1-8||3-4||4||2||1||5|
|K. Humphries, PF||17||4-7||2-2||9||0||2||10|
|M. Brooks, SG||13||1-5||3-4||1||1||1||5|
|J. Stackhouse, SF||6||1-3||0-0||0||0||0||2|
|T. Taylor, PG||1||0-0||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|G. Wallace, SF||Did Not Play|
|T. Shengelia, SF||Did Not Play|
|M. Teletovic, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|