Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Tuesday, October 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 13th
Game 3: Friday, December 21st
Game 4: Saturday, December 29th

Pacers 93

(18-14, 7-10 away)

Nets 98

(19-9, 10-3 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2001

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    IND 23 22 24 19 593
    NJ 30 21 22 15 1098

    Top Performers

    Ind: J. O'Neal 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 7 Blk

    NJ: T. MacCulloch 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Late spurts give Nets their third straight victory

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Kerry Kittles and the New Jersey Nets found a way to win.

    Jason Kidd was two points short of his 41st career triple-double.

    Kittles scored 22 points, including the tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and two key baskets in overtime, to lead the Nets to a 98-93 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.

    "For a while we were a little stagnant in our offensive execution," Kittles said. "Then we picked it up, got aggressive and were able to make plays."

    Todd MacCulloch added 21 points and Jason Kidd had eight points, a season-high 15 rebounds and 14 assists as New Jersey won its third straight and ended the Pacers' four-game winning streak.

    Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with 25 points. Reggie Miller added 21 points, and Al Harrington had 18 points and 16 rebounds.

    With the Pacers leading 91-90 in overtime, McCulloch made a layup to put New Jersey ahead to stay. On the ensuing possession, Kidd stripped Miller of the ball to set up a dunk by Kittles that gave New Jersey a 94-91 lead.

    With the Nets up 96-93, Indiana's Travis Best missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. New Jersey's Lucious Harris then sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

    Indiana opened the fourth quarter with 11-2 run to take an 80-73 lead. Harrington had five points during the run.

    The Pacers appeared in control of the game until Keith Van Horn hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to slice the Indiana lead to 88-85. That set the stage for Kittles to send the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds remaining.

    "My heart is getting weaker," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "To be honest with you, I don't know how we won that game.

    "I pretty much thought we were going to let this one get away. With two minutes left for some reason we turned it on on the defensive end and we made it to overtime."

    Pacers coach Isiah Thomas praised the Nets for making the 3-pointers down the stretch.

    "They hit a couple of big 3s to get back in the game," Thomas said. "They are tough shots and they made them. I thought both teams fought really hard. It was a well played game."

    New Jersey led 73-69 lead after three quarters despite playing most of the quarter without Kenyon Martin, who picked up his fifth foul with 8:22 remaining.

    Game notes
    The Nets won the season series 3-1, their first series win over Indiana since 1995-96. ... New Jersey improved to 19-9, the first time they've won 19 of their first 28 games. New Jersey also moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since they were 31-21 on Feb. 16, 1998. The Nets remain in first place in both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division. ... Both Kidd and Kittles had season highs with four steals. ... Kidd finished two points shy of his 41st career triple-double.

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