In no time, most of the good will the New Jersey Nets built up over the last week and a half was thrown out the window thanks to a 124-92 beating at the hands of the Indiana Pacers Friday night. The Nets had won two in a row and four of their last five since owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced New Jersey would no longer be pursuing a trade for Carmelo Anthony.
The Nets were down five after the first quarter, 14 at half and it was all downhill from there. The Pacers shot nearly 63 percent from the field on their way to snapping their six-game losing streak. It was Indiana's biggest margin of victory of the season and represents the Nets worst loss.
Brook Lopez led the way for the Nets with 28 points in 29 minutes, though he only grabbed one rebound. Travis Outlaw was the only other New Jersey player to score in double digits with 12.
Mike Dunleavy had a game-high 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting, including 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. Roy Hibbert added 20 point,s while Danny Granger scored 18.
Indiana has now taken five in a row and eight of nine from New Jersey.
The Nets short two-game road trip will wrap up Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.