Final

New Jersey wins series 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

New Jersey wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, April 23rd
Pacers90Final
Nets88
Game 2: Tuesday, April 25th
Pacers75Final
Nets90
Game 3: Thursday, April 27th
Nets95Final
Pacers107
Game 4: Saturday, April 29th
Nets97Final
Pacers88
Game 5: Tuesday, May 2nd
Pacers86Final
Nets92
Game 6: Thursday, May 4th
Nets96Final
Pacers90

Pacers 75

(41-41, 14-27 away)

Nets 90

(49-33, 29-12 home)

8:00 PM ET, April 25, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
IND 22 14 17 2275
NJ 26 18 29 1790

Top Performers

Ind: A. Johnson 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast

NJ: V. Carter 33 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Nets' Carter scores 33 in Game 2 win over Pacers

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers know what to expect from Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets. They don't quite get the officials.

Carter rebounded from a dismal shooting performance to score 33 points Tuesday night and lead the New Jersey Nets to a 90-75 victory over the foul-plagued and undermanned Pacers, evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

"Maybe it came off as a chip, it was just focus," Carter said when asked if had a chip on his shoulder for Game 2. "I wanted to get my first win here. They brought me here not to just win 49 games but to win playoff games. That was my goal. It was important for me to come out and just be Vince."

Carter had plenty of help.

Richard Jefferson added 21 points and Nenad Krstic had 20 points and 10 rebounds as New Jersey avoided losing the first two games at home.

Game 3 is at Indiana on Thursday night.

Jason Kidd added six points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a game the Pacers probably felt was decided a little too much by an officiating crew that included Violet Palmer, the first female to referee a postseason game.

The crew called two fouls apiece on Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson in the first quarter, and the Pacers were never able to find their offense on a night forward Peja Stojakovic was also sidelined with a sore right knee.

"It's hard when both of us are in foul trouble," Jackson said. "If one of us is in foul trouble, the other can play. But when both of us are out, it's hard. Our teammates play off us a lot, and it didn't make it no better that Peja wasn't playing. It's hard to win a game like that."

The Pacers' trio averaged a combined 56 points during the regular season. Jackson had 10 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. O'Neal finished with 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting and five fouls.

Both O'Neal and Jackson chose their words carefully when asked about the officiating.

"I don't quite understand it," O'Neal said. "This is my 10th year. These are the same moves I made the previous four or five years that made me an All-Star. On the flops, they're holding onto me. They're not calling them on the other end."

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle refused to criticize the officials.

"They're working hard to try to get it right," Carlisle said.

Anthony Johnson, who hit two game-winning free throws in Sunday's 90-88 victory, led the Pacers with 17 points. Fred Jones added 13.

Carter, who was a woeful 12-of-33 in Game 1 and took a lot of criticism in the media the following day for both the number of shots and his shot selection, was right on target in Game 2. He made his first five shots from the field and his first miss came late in the quarter with a toss to beat the shot clock.

Carter finished 12-for-20 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line on a night New Jersey shot 46.5 percent and held Indiana to 35 percent.

"This is how we play," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "When we play at a high level it starts on the defensive end. As a result you are able to get some easy baskets."

New Jersey, which led 26-22 at the end of the first quarter, expanded the lead to 44-36 after an ugly second period. Indiana missed 21 of its last 25 shots in the half.

O'Neal picked up his third foul on a questionable loose ball call and went to the bench with 8:58 to play in the quarter. Indiana scored only 10 points and had three baskets the rest of the way, but the Nets couldn't pull away from the Pacers.

Jefferson scored six straight points to cap an 8-0 run that gave the Nets a 50-36 lead early in the third quarter, a span in which O'Neal picked up his fourth foul. A 7-0 run at the end of the quarter that Jefferson capped with a slam pushed the lead to 73-53.

Indiana managed to close the gap to 79-71 with 3:32 to play, but Carter scored five straight points to put away the game.

Game notes


The officiating crew called 43 personal fouls and six technicals, with Frank picking up his second in two games. Stojakovic, a 90-percent free throw shooter, usually takes the Pacers' shots on technicals. Johnson, Jackson and Fred Jones all missed their attempts on technicals. ... Nets F Jason Collins needed stitches to close a cut on his chin in the first quarter. ... LaVar Arrington, who signed with the New York Giants last week, was at the game with fellow New York linebacker Antonio Pierce. Filmmaker Spike Lee was among the celebrities. ... Pacers G Jamaal Tinsley was active for Indiana after missing the series opener and the last three games of the regular season. ... The win snapped a seven-game Nets losing streak in the playoffs, dating to 2004.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
NJ
Points 75 90
FGM-FGA 28-79 (.354) 33-71 (.465)
3PM-3PA 7-25 (.280) 2-15 (.133)
FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 22-28 (.786)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 12-40
Assists 18 22
Turnovers 15 14
Steals 4 4
Blocks 6 5
Fast Break Points 8 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 19 (4/0)
Largest Lead 2 21

Top Performers

Indiana
New Jersey
Anthony Johnson Johnson
Points: 17
Reb: 6
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 33
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 1