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Nets clinch home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Pacers

Apr 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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The Nets made it more difficult on themselves than it needed to be, but when it was all over in Indiana on Friday, Brooklyn came away with a 117-109 win over the Pacers that clinched home court advantage for them in the first round of the playoffs.

Brooklyn led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter, before seeing it disappear completely after a three-pointer from Lance Stephenson put the Pacers up two with five minutes remaining in the game. The Nets regained their composure, however, and closed the game on an 18-8 run to seal it.

Deron Williams continued his strong play of late, and finished with 33 points and 14 assists. Afterward, he held out hope that his team might be able to climb up a position in the standings before the season is through.

“We could still get the 3 seed,” Williams said, via the Associated Press. “We have to hope for Indiana to lose some games, but it’s still possible. I think we have a good thing going right now.”

The win ensured that the Nets will finish no worse than fourth in the East, which will get them a first round date against either the Hawks or the Bulls. Atlanta currently leads Chicago for the fifth seed by a half game after Friday night’s action.

As for Brooklyn overtaking Indiana for that three seed, it’s a bit of a tall order considering that there are only three games remaining in the regular season, and the Pacers do hold a two-game lead over the Nets for that spot.

The schedule is likely what is giving Brooklyn its glimmer of hope. The Pacers are on the road against the Knicks and the Celtics before finishing at home against the Sixers, while the Nets play at Toronto before hosting the Wizards and then the Pistons to close out the regular season.

  1. badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    For all you D. Williams haters, He’s playing some of the best ball of his career and has taken the Nets into the mix.33 +14, on Pacers, his message is loud and clear.It’s playoff time and we be ready.For whoever.

    • khadeemw - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      best point guard in the league

  2. fanofevilempire - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I remember thinking when Avery was fired this is a good group of player and I thought they
    would even make a run at the Knickerbockers for the Atlantic division.
    I think they could make some noise, but not against Knickerbockers.

  3. bux1022 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Lmao!! He’s had two good weeks. His best days were with the jazz. Nets still suck NJ Brooklyn still suck! You will always be in the Knicks shadow. Nets=Jets=Mets=irrelevant NY TEAMS!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Says the man whose team has won one playoff game in twelve years. 1973 was a long, long time ago.

  4. bigmeechy74 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Deron Williams was having a horrible year but now recently he has looked like the 2010 version of Deron Williams. Now they look like a tough out. Still unreal that they traded that pick for Gerald Wallace etc

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    One and done.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Speaking from experience?

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