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Game 47 - Nets @ Pacers - Friday, January 28, 7:00

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The Nets roll into Conseco Field House Friday hoping to win their third straight (and fifth of their last six) for the first time since the 2008-09 season.  At the same time, the Pacers are reeling, having lost six straight.  A loss to the Nets would make for their longest losing streak since 2009-10.

Avery Johnson is positively enthused about the Nets. "Right now the spirit of our team is at an all-time high, just in terms of all the things we've tried to implement and trying to change this culture," Johnson said. "We're seeing some of the product of our hard work." Over the first game homestretch, the Nets outrebounded their opponents, 206-187, and held them to 39.9% shooting overall.

The Pacers gave up a franchise record 16 3-pointers Wednesday in a 111-96 loss to Orlando. Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert has suddenly seen a once promising season collapse. After recording seven double-doubles in the first month of the season, he's had only two in January, one an 11/10, the other a 10/14. Tyler Hansbrough has been doing well, but has been inconsistent.