Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
Game 2: Monday, January 16th
Game 3: Sunday, February 26th

Nets 90

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Pacers 102

(4-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FSMW

7:00 PM ET, November 11, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 23 18 20 2990
IND 28 25 35 14102

Top Performers

NJ: V. Carter 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Ind: M. World Peace 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

Artest banks 30 as Pacers rip down Nets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Veteran guard Anthony Johnson made a strong case for more playing time.

Johnson scored 15 of his 19 points in the third period, shooting 7-of-8 from the field, to help lead the Indiana Pacers to a 102-90 win over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

Ron Artest scored a season-high 30 points to lead all scorers. Artest, who shot 10-for-15 from the field, and Johnson were two of four Pacers in double figures. Jermaine O'Neal had 20 points and Stephen Jackson finished with 15.

"He made a point tonight. He was a key part of the game," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said of Johnson, who was pressed into action with starting guard Jamaal Tinsley slowed by a sinus infection.

"Tonight was my opportunity to get extended minutes," said Johnson, who had not taken a shot and played only 14 minutes in the team's first four games. "I felt I showed that I deserve minutes."

Vince Carter led the Nets with 18 points. He sat out the fourth quarter with the outcome all but determined.

Artest and Jackson were perfect from the field in the first period. Artest hit all five of his shots while scoring 13 points. Jackson was 4-for-4 in the period and had 10 points as the Pacers opened a 28-23 advantage.

The Nets, without starting forward Jason Collins, who sat out because of a muscle strain in his right leg, fell behind by 12 points twice in the second quarter and trailed 53-41 at the break.

Carter was the only Nets player in double figures in the first half, with 14 points. New Jersey shot only 41.5 percent from the field and was outrebounded 24-13.

Richard Jefferson, who entered the game with a 23.6 scoring average, was 1-for-7 in the first half and scored just three points. He finished with seven. Jefferson, who led the Nets in rebounding in each of their first five games, also struggled on the boards and had just two rebounds.

"It was a disappointment and we just didn't come out and play well. We just missed a lot of shots and it seemed like AJ just took over the game," Jefferson said.

"I got to give credit to AJ and Artest. We tried to put pressure on JO (O'Neal) down low, but they just kept hitting their jumpers," New Jersey's Jason Kidd said.

Indiana extended its lead in the third quarter with the help of three 3-pointers by Johnson, opening a 25-point advantage at 79-54 on his third and building an 81-54 lead on his jumper with 2:32 remaining in the period.

"We have played enough to know not to play like that," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "We weren't able to put together any defensive pressure. Indiana's got good players. This is the NBA. They probably have the deepest team in the league."

^Notes:@ Indiana shot a season-high 52.2 percent overall from the field, and was 10-for-25 from 3-point range. ... Indiana has won seven of the last 10 games with the Nets, taking a 74-58 advantage in the all-time series. ... Scott Padgett, who started in place of Collins, had a double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds and 10 points. In his first four games, Padgett had just two points and two rebounds in seven minutes.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 90 102
FGM-FGA 35-82 (.427) 36-69 (.522)
3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 10-25 (.400)
FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 20-26 (.769)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-37 8-37
Assists 20 23
Turnovers 11 14
Steals 8 6
Blocks 1 4
Fast Break Points 6 2
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 19 (1/0)
Largest Lead 6 27

Top Performers

New Jersey
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 18
Reb: 4
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Metta World Peace World Peace
Points: 30
Reb: 6
Ast: 2
Stl: 3
Blk: 0