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Nets Can't Stop Pacers in Game 3

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The Nets defense, which was the key to victory in Game 2, did not have an answer for Jermaine O'Neal or Anthony Johnson Thursday night in Game 3 at Conseco Fieldhouse. O'Neal scored 37 points and Johnson added 25 as Indiana shot 52 percent from the field and won comfortably to take a 2-1 series lead. The Nets led by four at the half, but a 20-5 run in the third quarter gave Indiana control of the game. New Jersey closed to within three early in the fourth, but they missed their next seven shots from the field and the Pacers built the lead back up to double-digits to bring on garbage time. Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson each scored 25 points for the Nets, but Nenad Krstic struggled for the first time in the series. The Nets made 7 of their 16 attempts from downtown, but shot just 39 percent from the field overall.