Whether it was fatigue from this recent stretch — five games in eight days — or just an off-night, the Pacers were most frustrated by letting another one get away.
"If we make half the shots we missed, we're in the 90's and our defense held them in the 70's for the most part," George lamented. "Credit them. They came in and played a hard game."
Brooklyn also dominated the game when it mattered most.
Indiana used a late 7-0 run to turn a 72-69 deficit into a 76-72 lead with 1:38 to go. But when George fouled out, the complexion of the game changed.
Evans, who scored just eight points, made one of two free throws to make it a one-possession game. West missed a 16-foot step-back jumper, and when D.J. Augustin was called for a foul, Gerald Wallace made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the lead to two. West followed that by missing a 17-footer and Johnson answered with a 10-foot bank shot to tie it.
West's next miss, at the buzzer, sent the game into overtime.
"Tough shooting night, one of those nights where we couldn't put the ball in the basket," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
Brooklyn made the Pacers pay for it.
After Roy Hibbert opened the overtime with a free throw, the Nets went on a 9-2 run to make it 85-79 with 45.2 seconds to go, and Johnson closed out the win by making four straight free throws.
"It was great. It was a complete team game from top to bottom," Lopez said. "It was a good win tonight as we responded to their runs."
Notes: Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine, who lives in nearby Anderson, Ind., played the national anthem on a harmonica for Brooklyn's inaugural trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... The Pacers may have played their final game without All-Star forward Danny Granger, who returned to full practice Sunday and could be back in uniform Wednesday against Charlotte. ... Brooklyn has failed to score 100 points in eight straight games. ... Indiana lost only three home games from Nov. 13 through Feb. 7, but has now lost twice at home in four days.