Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 10:22:00 PM with No comments
The Nets were trampled at Conseco Fieldhouse suffering their worst lost of the season, 124-92 at the hands of Indiana. The Pacers shot a torrid 63 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc. Mike Dunleavy made good on 6 of 7 three point attempts, splashing in 30 points along with 5 assists. Points in the paint told the story of this game with Indiana muscling in 58 points to the Nets measly 24.
New Jersey put up no resistance as the Pacers seemingly scored at will, totaling 32 or more points each of the first three quarters. Pacers Coach Jim O’brien called off the dogs in the final stanza salvaging what otherwise would have been a catastrophic defeat. Just when optimism pervaded the Nets fanbase, the team laid an egg, getting outplayed by an Indiana squad that had lost six straight contests coming in to Friday night's matchup.
Nets Coach Avery Johnson was fuming as he rotated players in and out of the lineup desperately trying to find someone willing to put forth a defensive effort. New Jersey’s putrid showing dropped their road record to an embarrassing 3-22, the fourth worst road mark just ahead Washington,Cleveland and Minnesota. New Jersey has a quick turnaround taking the court tomorrow night to face off with the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee holds claim to the NBA’s worst scoring offense which will bode well for a Nets team that showed no tenacity or fight against Indiana.
Prediction: Nets 99-Bucks96