WHAT IT MEANS: Tyshawn Taylor had the first clutch performance of his NBA career.
The rookie point guard stepped up in the absence of Deron Williams (out due to inflammation in both ankles), delivering a pair of key buckets in overtime, and the Brooklyn Nets gutted out a huge win over the Indiana Pacers, 89-84, on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Taylor finished with a career-high 12 points in a career-high 34 minutes.
The Nets (30-22), who had lost six of nine, have won their past nine overtime games, and improved to 4-0 in OT games this season. They are now 12-20 against .500-or-better teams (at time of game played). The Pacers (31-21) dropped to 20-5 at home.
The Nets trailed 78-77 in overtime before Taylor hit a 20-footer and then drove inside and somehow got a no-look bank shot to go.
C.J. Watson, who started for Williams, went 0-for-7 from the field.
In what was an ugly game, the Nets outshot the Pacers 38.8 percent to 34.4 percent.
STRETCH RUN: The Nets held a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but then didn’t hit a field goal for six minutes, as the Pacers ripped off a 12-2 run to take a 76-72 lead. But Joe Johnson (6-for-17, 17 points), who missed eight of his first 10 shots, tied the game on an isolation drive with 13 seconds left to send it into the extra period.
TURNING IT AROUND: The Nets trailed 52-51 late in the third quarter, but went on a 10-2 run bridging the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to go in front, 68-64. MarShon Brooks hit a pair of clutch shots during the surge.
SECOND IS THE WORST: The Nets were outscored 27-15 in the second quarter. In their past six second quarters, the Nets have been outscored 164-98 -- an average of minus-11 per game.
FIRST THING IS D: The Nets held the Pacers to just 13 points and 24 percent shooting in the first quarter.
UP NEXT: Nets versus Nuggets on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.