Dunleavy, Pacers Knock Off New Jersey

Ex-Warriors forward drops in 34 as Indiana stays in playoff hunt
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 10:25 PM CST
Dunleavy, Pacers Knock Off New Jersey
New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson grabs a rebound in traffic during the third quarter of the Nets' 113-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers in NBA action in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. Jefferson scored 34 points. (AP Photo/Tom Strickland)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – In a battle of shorthanded teams, Indiana used a 12-1 third-quarter run to pull away from the Jason Kidd-less Nets in a 113-103 win. Mike Dunleavy led the Pacers, who were missing starters Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, with 34 points, while Jeff Foster was a force inside with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Indy broke a three-game losing streak.

Richard Jefferson scored 34 points and Bostjan Nachbar had 22 for the Nets, who played without new point guard Devin Harris, a part of the deal that sent Jason Kidd to Dallas. Vince Carter, hardly known for ball distribution, led New Jersey with eight assists but the team also had 23 turnovers. The Nets (24-31) still hold seventh in the East. (Read more basketball stories.)

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