Final Score: Pacers 103, Nets 86

The Nets (9-18) lost to the Indiana Pacers (23-5) tonight by a score of 103-86.

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The Nets were able to keep this game close in the first half – trailing by only six at the break – despite shooting only 35 percent from the field. But the Pacers took control in the third quarter, outscoring Brooklyn 30-19, en route to an easy victory.

Brooklyn boy Lance Stephenson – who was a legend at Abraham Lincoln H.S. in Coney Island – poured in 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. After a bit of a slow start, Paul George found his stroke, tallying 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, and he had six rebounds and five assists.

Indiana dominated the boards (46-36) and held the Nets to 38 percent shooting on 29-of-76 field goal attempts. Brooklyn started the game 7-of-11 from the field but finished by connecting on just 22 of its next 65 shots.

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 17 points. Kevin Garnett, starting at center in place of the injured Brook Lopez, cracked double figures with 12 points but only shot 3-of-10 from the field.

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This was shaping up to be a tough matchup for the Nets in the first game without Lopez, but after a decent first half, this wound up being another painful loss. Brooklyn is now 2-8 this season in games without Lopez.

The Nets’ defense held up for the most part until the dreaded third quarter. The Pacers meanwhile continued to show that they have the NBA’s best defense, allowing only 89.4 per game en route to their best start in franchise history.

Indiana has now defeated the Nets in both of their matchups at Barclays Center this season. Last season, the Nets swept the Pacers.

Between Deron Williams and Paul Pierce, the duo only managed to shoot 3-of-16 for a combined nine points. Pierce was ejected midway through the third quarter for a flagrant foul, and it was his first scoreless game since March, 1999. He had averaged 25.5 points in his last two contests.

To add insult to injury, Williams came up limping in garbage time of the fourth quarter. What else can go wrong for Brooklyn?

As for Garnett at the five, he missed way too many close range shots. He’s known to be able to stretch the floor, but if he’s going to play center, he has to finish in the paint.

It was at least nice to see Jason Terry return, and he scored 11 points and hit three three-pointers off the bench. He hadn’t played since Nov. 20 after dealing with a knee injury, but maybe his presence can spark a team in desperate need of a spark.

Brooklyn really needed to play a mistake free game, and the team just isn’t there yet. A win over the Pacers would have been a nice distraction to the Lopez news, but like it’s gone all season, the team just can’t catch a break.


The Nets will be back in action in the first of five NBA Christmas Day games as they host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Tip is set for 12:00 PM.




2 comments
Metropolitan
Metropolitan

Lets not  kid ourselves (no pun intended) but this is just not working out ,the Nets are not going anywhere this year just like our little brothers the Knicks(oh yeah that right they beat the Magic tonight on to the finals for the Knicks and their delusional fans.. LOL.)...Kidd has to go and they need to re-tool  for  next season,trade Pierce  now  

jaymanjd
jaymanjd

Watching Garnett struggle to explode to the rim is just sad. It's sad to see a once dominant player be a shell himself and at worse continue to play at a level that is lower then their hall of fame greatness. Why continue? What is there to prove you have the money, the fame, and the ring. The competitive drive always burns longer than the ability.

Haven't we all seen enough of a sample size to see that something is simply flawed about this team? They show flashes but cannot maintain it. They are old and slow in all the wrong areas and there two key guys are very injury prone. Would anyone be surprised if dwill goes down again? I wouldn't.

For king to say he is not contemplating a trade is absurd. This team was built to win now and if they can't there is no reason for guys to be around. We were supposed to compete with the big boys now I see the nets get beat nightly by lottery teams. King better not be the captain of the titanic waiting too long to see the writing on the wall and realizing you past the trade deadline and too deep in a hole to turn it around.

Sure king doesn't want to get fleeced in desperation. That Dwill rockets trade was absurd. But trading Lopez at this point should be considered. You have to do something either to get the team back on track or on a good track for the future. At this point the present looks bleek and future shows not much more in the way of hope as all our chips lay in boston. Either plan for the future or do something now.