NEW YORK (AP) — 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 '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.
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 5½ 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.