Final Score: Indiana Pacers 97, Brooklyn Nets 96
Despite turning the basketball over 23 times, the Indiana Pacers (36-10) still managed to narrowly defeat the Brooklyn Nets (20-25) in a hard-fought Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday night.
The Nets, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, grabbed 27 total rebounds. That's 10 more than the 17 they had on Jan. 31 against the OKC Thunder, which was the lowest secured by any team in NBA history.
Indiana was led by Roy Hibbert and Paul George, who both scored 20 points. David West had 17 points and seven rebounds, including a spurt of clutch free-throw shooting late in the fourth quarter which helped seal the victory for the Pacers.
Deron Williams (six points, 3-of-12 shooting) hit a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to bring the Nets to within one of Indiana. By that point, there was simply not enough time left in the game for Brooklyn to complete their comeback.
Shaun Livingston was one of the main reasons why Brooklyn was able to hang with the Pacers throughout. He led the team with 24 points on 18 shots. It was his his third game this season where he's scored 20 or more points.
The Nets have now lost three straight games after winning 11 of their first 12 games played in January.
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