NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-86 Sunday night.
In beating the Pacers, the Nets have won six straight games for the first time in nearly seven years.
Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and also finished with nine rebounds to help the Nets win.
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 51/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Brooklyn 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. Wilson’s jumper with 2:08 remaining.
The Pacers were outscored 28-11 in the fourth quarter as they shot just 3 for 22 from the field.
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.
The Nets took a 27-18 lead on Williams’ 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Brooklyn then struggled in the second, shooting just 9 for 25 (36 percent) as the Pacers took a 49-46 halftime lead.
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