The Indiana Pacers aim for a season-best fifth consecutive win when they begin a three-game road trip against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Pacers have won four straight and six of seven after a 96-88 home triumph over Charlotte on Saturday, a game in which David West recorded the first triple-double of his career.
The Nets also have been hot, winning seven of their first eight games under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Brooklyn matched its season high with a fifth consecutive win Friday, beating Phoenix 99-79 behind 19 points from Joe Johnson. The Pacers, who are making their first trip to Barclays Center, have won 13 of the last 15 meetings with the Nets. Brooklyn has captured four straight at home.
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ABOUT THE PACERS (23-14): Indiana was without leading scorer Paul George (16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds) on Saturday, as the star small forward sat out with the flu. West (16.3 points, eight rebounds) shined in his absence, and point guard George Hill (14.6 points, five assists) picked up some of the scoring slack. The Pacers don't need to get too much production at the offensive end, though, because they lead the league in points allowed (89.1) and opponents' field-goal percentage (41.3).
ABOUT THE NETS (21-15): Brooklyn is banged up as forward Gerald Wallace (bruised ribs) is expected to sit out, and Kris Humphries (left ankle) and Deron Williams (bruised right thigh) are listed as questionable. Williams (16.7 points, 7.6 assists) is the most important of that bunch, as he is one of the team's top offensive threats along with center Brook Lopez (18.5 points, 7.2 rebounds) and Johnson (17.1 points). Andray Blatche (11.4 points, 6.2 rebounds) has scored in double digits in five straight games, with two double-doubles during that span.
1. The Pacers have held 11 of their last 16 opponents under 90 points, including all four during their current winning streak.
2. Williams has not missed a free throw in six games, hitting 26 straight from the line.
3. Indiana won Saturday despite trailing at halftime, the 10th time it has rallied in the second half this season. The Pacers are 10-10 when behind at the half.