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.
Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and the Nets rallied for a 97-86 victory over the Pacers on Sunday night.
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 Dd up, said Brooklyns Brook Lopez, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the final quarter. He also finished with nine rebounds and two blocks.
David West had 27 points to lead the Pacers. Paul George added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Gerald Green also scored 15 points.
Green made two free throws against his former team to give Indiana a 67-55 lead – its largest of the game – with 5 1/2 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. Watsons 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.
Indiana was issued two technicals in the fourth – on George Hill and coach Frank Vogel.
Clearly the officiating was getting to us, Vogel said. Thats all I can say about that.
BUCKS 107, RAPTORS 96: In Toronto, Brandon Jennings had 19 points and 10 assists, rookie John Henson scored 19 and Milwaukee rallied from a 20-point first quarter deficit to beat Toronto, the Bucks eight straight victory over the Raptors.
Monta Ellis scored 17 points and Mike Dunleavy had 15 as the Bucks improved to 3-1 under new coach Jim Boylan. Larry Sanders had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks.
KNICKS 100, HORNETS 87: In New York, Carmelo Anthony snapped out of a slow start by scoring 18 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and New York ended its season-high, three-game losing streak with a victory over New Orleans.
Anthony missed seven of eight shots and scored two points in the first quarter of the noon start he dislikes, then outscored the Hornets by himself in the second as the Knicks took the lead for good.
SPURS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 88: In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio in a victory over Minnesota, extending the Spurs home winning streak to 12.
Gary Neal was 3 for 3 on three-pointers in scoring 15 points for San Antonio, which beat Minnesota at home for the 16th straight time. Tim Duncan added 14 points and nine rebounds. Manu Ginobili scored 12 points in the first half before leaving with a strained left hamstring.
NUGGETS 116, WARRIORS 105: In Denver, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and Denver rallied to beat the Golden State for its season-high fifth straight win.
Wilson Chandler scored 14 points in his first game in two months for Denver after being sidelined since early November because of pain in his left hip.