Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Thursday, December 30th
Game 2: Sunday, March 20th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 22nd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th

Nets 86

(38-40, 16-23 away)

Pacers 90

(43-35, 24-15 home)

Coverage: FSMW

7:00 PM ET, April 13, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 30 19 18 1986
IND 18 20 31 2190

Top Performers

New Jersey: J. Kidd 29 Pts, 15 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

Indiana: R. Miller 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

New Jersey (38-39) at Indiana (42-35) 8:00 pm EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers can clinch their eighth straight postseason appearance with a victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.

The Pacers are tied with the Washington Wizards (42-35) for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Nets trail the Philadelphia 76ers (39-38) by one game for eighth place.

Despite a season full of injuries and suspensions, Indiana is closing strong, with seven victories in its last eight outings, including Monday's 94-90 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.

Reggie Miller scored 19 points and surpassed Hall of Famer Jerry West for 12th place on the league's career scoring list. Miller has 25,201 points, nine more than West.

New Jersey has won 11 of 14 and can tie the franchise record with its sixth consecutive road win, which was set January 27-February 20, 2004.

Vince Carter scored a season-high 45 points, including a career-best 24 in the first quarter, to lead the Nets to a 99-86 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Carter, who is averaging nearly 35 points and shooting almost 55 percent (42-of-77) from the floor in his last three games, has 21 30-point outings, one shy of Bernard King's single-season record.

The Nets have won two of the three games against the Pacers this season, with both victories coming in a three day-span from March 20-22. Carter scored 97 points in the three meetings.