The Brooklyn Nets ended a two-game National Basketball Association losing skid by beating the Indiana Pacers 89-84 in overtime without All-Star point guard Deron Williams, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Brook Lopez had 25 points and eight rebounds last night as the Nets (30-22) won for the first time in their past six trips to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Joe Johnson added 17 points while Reggie Evans grabbed 22 rebounds for Brooklyn.
The Pacers (31-21) were beaten at home in overtime for the second straight contest following a 15-game winning streak in Indianapolis. George Hill had 22 points to lead Indiana, which was held to 34 percent shooting.
The Nets, who trail the first-place New York Knicks by 3 1/2 games in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, said yesterday that Williams would be out until after the All-Star break. The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Houston, so Williams would also miss tomorrow’s home game against the Denver Nuggets.
In yesterday’s other NBA games, the San Antonio Spurs improved their league-leading record to 41-12 with a 103-89 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Spurs won for the 13th time in their past 14 games even though they were without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
The Charlotte Bobcats beat Boston 94-91 behind a 25-point, 18-rebound performance by Byron Mullens to end the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Clippers topped the Philadelphia 76ers 107-90 for their second straight victory as Chris Paul has 21 points and 11 assists.