Joe Johnson shot 7-of-16 from the floor for 20 points and added five rebounds, while Brook Lopez netted 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Nets, who won for the sixth consecutive time. Kris Humphries added 10 points and nine boards in 17-plus minutes off the bench in the victory.
David West dropped in a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting, while Paul George scored 15 points to go with 12 rebounds and six steals for the Pacers, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Gerald Green contributed 15 points and five boards for Indiana, while George Hill donated 13 points in a losing effort. Indiana shot just 3 of 20 from the field in the fourth quarter, when it was outscored 28-11.
Brooklyn entered the fourth quarter trailing 75-69, and a hook shot by Ian Mahinmi gave the Pacers an eight-point advantage with less than two minutes gone in the fourth quarter.
The Nets took over from there, however.
Andray Blatche made a pair of free throws to start the home side on a 17-0 run, which finally came to an end after a technical free throw from Williams made the score 86-77 with 7:29 to play.
West made a pair from the line to cut the deficit to 86-81 with 6:13 left, but the Nets used a 9-2 flurry to extend the lead to 12 with 2:08 on the clock before holding on for the win.
The teams traded baskets early on, with a trey by Williams pulling the hosts within 12-11 with seven minutes to play in the opening frame, but the Pacers scored five quick points to open up a 17-11 margin with 5:58 left.
On Brooklyn’s next trip down the floor, Williams connected on an 18-foot fadeaway jumper, igniting the Nets on a 16-4 run to end the quarter as they took a 27-21 lead heading into the second session.
C.J. Watson nailed a 16-footer with 6:44 to play before the break, putting the Nets ahead 37-30, but the Pacers answered with a 10-2 burst to snag a 40-39 edge with 4:19 to go in the half.
It remained a one-possession game for the rest of the stanza, and the Pacers took a 49-46 advantage into the locker room.
Leading 57-53 early in the third quarter, Indiana ripped off another 10-2 surge, capped by a pair of Green free throws, to widen their lead to 67-55 with 5:30 to play in the period.
Blatche split a pair from the line with under a minute to play in the stanza to slice the deficit to 73-68, but the Nets trailed 75-69 heading into the final quarter.
Notes: Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson left the game in the first half with a foot injury and did not return. … The Pacers had won 13 of the past 15 matchups between the teams … George was back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats due to flu-like symptoms … Brooklyn improved to 8-1 under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo … Brooklyn shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 25-of-31 from the free throw line … The Nets turned 16 offensive rebounds into 16 second- chance points … Indiana shot 42.2 percent from the field and 6-of-24 from three-point range.
On the game overall:
“I’m really proud of our guys for their grit and their toughness. I thought they fought extremely hard and played their tails off. I feel really good about where we are as a basketball team. Obviously you have to give credit to the Nets, they were clearly the more aggressive team attacking the basket. Our guys didn’t do a good enough job being aggressive and attacking the basket, so you have to tip your hat to Brooklyn and we’ll get them next time. We got some good looks and the ball just didn’t fall. Our guys played their tails off and we were shorthanded. We played the second night of a back-to-back and I’m very proud of them. ”
On losing the lead in the game:
“We stopped executing and we lost our composure. We let them get going early and once they got the ball rolling, the game slipped out of our reach. We had opportunities, we just lost our composure and did not get it done down the stretch”
On game officiating and Pacers sluggish playing:
“We have been dealing with that all year. We can’t think about that, we just have to play through it. We get a few calls but overall, we just put ourselves in bad situations. We got very sloppy. Whenever you take the game out of you own hands and give it to someone else, you are just rolling the dice.”
“It was a little tough getting around. My legs took some time but overall, I felt good. I should be okay and the team suggests that I stay on medication. I think I will be good.“
On the game:
“I think when we get 12 free-throws and they have around 31, it is hard to overcome. We have to do a better job at playing without fouling. I think shots were just not falling for us. It changes things when key guards pick up fouls and you become limited on defense. I thought we could’ve won this game, but some things you can’t have total control over”