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George, Stephenson carry Pacers over Nets

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George and Lance Stephenson each scored 26 points on a combined 20-of-35 shooting to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 103-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets from Barclays Center.

Stephenson, who recorded his league-leading third triple-double in Sunday's 106-79 win over Boston, added seven rebounds and five assists.

David West and George Hill contributed 13 and 10, respectively, for Indiana, which has won three in a row on the heels of a two-game skid.

Joe Johnson paced Brooklyn, losers in three straight, with 17 points, while Kevin Garnett added 12 on 3-for-10 shooting.

Deron Williams netted nine points with eight assists in the setback.

The Pacers are 15-0 this season when holding opponents to less than 90 points.

"The defense travels," said Hill. "We can put that in a suitcase and take it anywhere we want."

Playing without an injured Brook Lopez, the Nets jumped out to an 8-2 lead following a Mirza Teletovic alley-oop slam from Williams.

The margin remained six in favor of Brooklyn just past the midway point of the quarter when the Pacers went on a 9-1 run to end the quarter and bring a 19-17 lead into the second frame.

Alan Anderson knocked down a trey for a 22-21 Brooklyn lead early in the second. C.J. Watson was fouled shooting a triple and made all three attempts that started an 8-2 Pacers push that he capped with a 3-pointer.

George hit a 3 with just over a minute left in the half to increase the Pacers' lead to 43-35, and Indiana took a 45-39 advantage into halftime.

Indiana opened the second half on a 15-4 run courtesy of two triples from George and a nifty pull-up jumper from Stephenson. Johnson forced Stephenson to the baseline when Stephenson spun to his right, dribbled the ball through his legs and pulled up and hitting nothing but net.

Stephenson later found Hill on an alley-oop layup to cap the run and give the Pacers a 60-43 lead at 7:24 of the third.

Hill stole an errant pass from Johnson and coasted in for a layup when Paul Pierce clotheslined the guard to the ground and was whistled for a flagrant-2 foul.

Pierce was ejected for the play and was held scoreless for the first time since March 9, 1999 - his rookie season. It marked just the second time in 1,123 games that the 16-year veteran was held scoreless.

Hill made both free throws which were part of a 13-2 run that swelled the league to 73-49 with just under four minutes left in the third.

Indiana led by 17 after three and cruised through the fourth for its second straight win over Brooklyn.

"We can't hang our head and feel sorry for ourselves we're not scoring the ball, we (have) to play defense," said Nets head coach Jason Kidd. "When things get tough, do we just give in? Most of the time right now we do."

Game Notes

The Nets' Jason Terry scored 11 points in just over 15 minutes off the bench in his first game since Nov. 20 ... Andray Blatche also added 11 points for the Nets ... Indiana held Brooklyn to 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from three and outrebounded the hosts 46-36 ... Brooklyn plays Chicago at home on Christmas Day ... The Pacers are off until Saturday when they'll host Brooklyn.

12/24 01:25:14 ET

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Schedule

Saturday, April 19Full Scoreboard
Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta623rd Qtr 7:08 | Box
Indiana58ESPN, YES, TSN
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Memphis 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City ESPN, SportSouth
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
5th
PIT 6
MIL 5
 
5th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
5th
TAM 6
NYY 0
 
6th
MIA 2
SEA 0
 
3rd
TEX 1
CWS 1
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
2nd
COL 0
PHI 0
 
1st
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
3rd
IND 56
ATL 60
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1