Brooklyn Nets Highlights: Nets Push Winning Streak To Four With Win Over Indiana Pacers


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Brooklyn Nets Highlights: Victory Over Indiana Pacers Pushes Winning Streak To Four

The Brooklyn Nets march towards the playoffs took a huge step forward Tuesday night, as they picked up a victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are one of the teams clumped in with the Nets towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff race along with the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets.

This was the second time in 10 days that the two teams faced off, and the second time that the Nets were able to pick up the important victory. The win gives the Nets a 2-1 series victory on the season, which will be very important for tiebreakers if the two teams happen to finish tied at the end of the season.

There was more than just the end result that was the same tonight as 10 days ago, as Brook Lopez once again was dominant in the middle. Lopez once again led the Nets in scoring, pouring in 24 points to go with 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. What is encouraging is that he played 40 minutes without slowing down or showing signs of fatigue or injury, which is always something to keep an eye on with the injury-prone Lopez.

Lopez also thoroughly dominated his matchup with giant Roy Hibbert, besting him on both ends of the court. Hibbert was only able to score seven points on 3-11 from the field with three rebounds one steal and three blocks. The Pacers badly needed Hibbert to slow down Lopez and show up Tuesday night, but he failed to do either task.

The Nets had two more players reach the 20-point plateau, as fellow starter Joe Johnson and sixth man Alan Anderson would join Lopez. Johnson scored 21 points on 6-13 shooting, adding six rebounds and four assists. Anderson scored 20 on 7-11 shooting, adding two rebounds, and one assist.

For the Pacers, only George Hill was able to get much of anything going consistently on the night. He poured in a game-high 28 points on 10-17 shooting from the field, adding six rebounds and three assists.

Damjan Rudez and C.J. Watson were the only other Pacers to shoot at least 50 percent, scoring 12 and 13 points respectively. David West and Luis Scola each reached double-figures as well, but did most of their damage at the foul line; West made 6-7 at the charity stripe, while Scola nailed all five of his.

Unfortunately for the Pacers, they lost more than just the game, as C.J. Miles was only able to make it through six minutes of the game before exiting. Miles sprained his ankle and was unable to return to the court. He should be considered very questionable for the Pacers in another big game Wednesday against the Celtics.

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While the Pacers lost a player tonight, the Nets gained one back. Thaddeus Young returned from a two-game absence because of his knee, and was thrown right back into the fire. He was re-inserted right into the starting lineup and played heavy minutes right away, logging 39.

A little rust was evident, as he shot only 4-11 from the field, missing all three of his three-point attempts. On a positive note, he did make it through the game unscathed, and added seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.

The Nets will be right back at it tonight, as they will be facing the New York Knicks. It is another game that they should be able to handle business in, but you never know in the second night of back-to-back sets, especially in a rivalry game as such against the Knicks.

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