The Skinny: The Nets opened the game 7-of-8 from the field, with Joe Johnson coming out of the gate with the hot hand. Brook Lopez then scored eight straight Nets? points to open an eight-point lead. Lopez and Johnson combined to shoot 10-for-13 for 22 points in the opening frame, helping Brooklyn take a seven-point lead after one.
A 7-0 Pacers? run got Indiana back to within three early in the second quarter. But Deron Williams scored seven straight Nets? points during a 12-2 run, which put Brooklyn ahead by 14. Williams then drilled two more three-pointers to increase the lead to 21. He scored 20 points in the quarter, and the Nets led by 19 at the break.