By the numbers, Pacers a big win on every level

Andy Lyons

A big win over Pacers and its historic implications for Nets fans...

The Nets cancelled practice in Toronto Saturday after their big win over the Pacers in Indianapolis. As they head to the playoffs and try for 50 wins, they will now face three teams they've beaten eight of nine times this year. Only the Wizards have beaten them. They've gone perfect so far against the Raptors and Pistons.

How big was the win? Here, with a hat tip to the Nets PR staff are the numbers and history from Friday night's win over Indiana. By winning, the Nets...

--Secured homecourt in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005-06.

--Won the season series with the Pacers (3-0) for the first time since the 2006-07. The Pacers are the eighth team the Nets have swept this season, with the potential to make it 10 with final week wins over the Raptors and Pistons.

--Clinched their fifth winning month of the season, the first time the Nets have had five winning month in the same season since 2002-03. The only month with a losing record: December. The Nets had five winning months in the five previous seasons COMBINED

--Tied the longest road winning streak of the season (three games, done two times previously).

--Claimed their 47th victory of the season, which are the most wins in a season since the 2005-06 season when they finished with 49 wins. The 47 wins is tied for fifth most all-time.

--Put them in better position to win 50 games for the second time in their NBA history and the most since 2001-02 when they went to the Finals after winning 52.

--Scored more than 113 points for the 10th time, all wins. They're 12-1 when scoring 110 points a game. In their four-game winning streak, they are averaging 106.8 points and giving up 95.3.

--Saw Deron Williams increase his April numbers to 26.5 points and 9.0 assists, on 52.5 percent shooting overall, 41.7 percent from deep. Williams has now increased his scoring average each month, from 15.7 in November to 26.5 in April. In the wins over the Celtics and Pacers, he's averaging 31 and 13. D-Will (18.9) and Brook Lopez (19.5) are now both in the top 15 in NBA scoring, something that's not happened in more than a decade.

--Moved P.J. Carlesimo to 33-18 as Interim Head Coach, which is the best start for a coach in franchise history

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