The Brooklyn Nets continued to show a lack of spark, imagination, or talent as they did what everyone expected them to do on Saturday night and lost 105-91 to the Indiana Pacers on the road. It’s their third loss to Indiana this season as they fall to 10-20 overall this season.
Paul Pierce led the Nets with 18 points, Mirza Teletovic had 17 and Deron Williams had 14 with six assists. Aside from that, nobody really did a whole lot. At this point an A.P.B. should be put out for Joe Johnson, who continues to collect his max-contract even as he scored just nine points in 36 minutes.
This was typical of a Nets/Pacers game. The Nets trailed by just two points after the first quarter and at the half, but the Pacers turned it on in the third quarter and left the Nets wondering why the highest paid team in the NBA can’t even play a full 48 minutes.
“For us coming out of that locker room we know Indiana’s the best with the third quarters they’ve had,” Jason Kidd said afterward. “They’ve played from behind and they’ve always looked at the third quarter for them to gain a lead. They took control of the third quarter with our turnovers and those turnovers converting into layups.”
The Pacers out-shot them 53.5 percent to 46.8, out-rebounded them 41-28, and beat them in the paint 42-34. Paul George led with 24 points while Lance Stephenson nearly had another triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He loves killing the Nets apparently.