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HOME SWEET HOME! Nets rally behind huge 4th quarter and defeat Indiana, 103-94

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Hello Brooklyn... grit!

In the Nets home opener, they shocked the Pacers with a 103-94 victory at Barclays Center, Friday night.

The game looked similar to Boston after another 31-point third quarter for Indiana, but the Nets didn’t give up. Instead, they rallied behind Sean Kilpatrick, Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn faithful late in the fourth.

Despite trailing by seven heading into the fourth, the Nets eventually tied the game at 85 apiece. They went on a 14-5 run and led by 10 — capped off by a Brook Lopez bucket with two minutes remaining

They outscored Indiana 31-15 in the fourth quarter.

After a head scratching 1-for-7 performance in Boston – one that saw him benched to start the second half – Brook Lopez recovered awfully nice against Indiana. They made it a point to feed Lopez down low early and it paid off. For example, early in the second quarter they fed him in the post, Indy doubled him and he kicked it out to an open Sean Kilpatrick on the perimeter.

And that was the story to finish the game. Lopez scored five crucial points in the final five minutes, while Sean Kilpatrick dropped 10 of his 18 in the fourth.

Brook Lopez finished the night with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

“He’s learning our offense and our players are learning him, where he wants the ball, how he wants it,’’ Atkinson said. “In our motion offense there are plenty of opportunities to get him the ball on that block. … It’s going to be a gradual process, our players figuring out how to get him and he’s got to figure out how to get the ball. We’re working on that.”

Along with Lopez and Kilpatrick, Jeremy Lin was the unsung hero throughout the entire game. He finished with a near triple-double of 21 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. He facilitated the Nets offense with ease against a tough Indiana team, and showed why Kenny Atkinson is going to rely on him heavily.

“I see a different maturity about him, a different confidence,’’ Atkinson said of Lin. “The good thing about Jeremy: He never seems overwhelmed by the moment. He has an air about him, a confidence about him. I see a different guy. I see more of a leader and he’s been great with that from the beginning of preseason. This is what makes this fun. … It’s great. He relishes the challenge.”

After the game, Lin presented Atkinson, his coach and friend, with the game ball.

"This is his and he deserves it, and I better not see him play with that ball or whatever," Lin said. "He better get that framed and make sure he knows."

Sean Kilpatrick, who scored 10 of his 18 in the final stanza, said the crowd motivated him.

“I’ve always been a guy when my number is called and it’s a packed house. I love playing in front of packed houses like this,” said Kilpatrick, who grew up in White Plains. “It’s something every kid, especially growing up in New York, dreams about doing. “

The Nets shot 10-of-33 from 3-point after attempting a franchise record 44 3-pointers Wednesday night. No matter. They played their game -- most importantly on the defensive end -- holding Indiana to 38% shooting and an 8-of-22 shooting night from Paul George. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson held him in check all night.

In his return to Brooklyn, Thaddeus Young had a nice game of 19 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes.

This is what Brooklyn basketball is about, and it's something to get used to. Win or lose, they're going to fight. It's refreshing and fun.

“For us to be able to be here today and to do this together, it’s special,” Lin said. “It means a lot to me.

Atkinson’s first win:

Prior to the game, Kenny Atkinson discussed the importance of having important people by your side. He named coaches, executives and as we’ve heard before... family. In attendance tonight was Kenny’s big Long Island family sitting in a suite to witness their family hero win his first game as a head coach in the NBA.

Next up: Tomorrow at Milwaukee.