Danny Granger, Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and Ian Mahinmi combined to shoot just 4 of 18 for 16 points. None played more than Watson’s 18:33.
Maybe the arrival of Andrew Bynum will help.
Bynum wasn’t in the arena - Vogel said before the game that the mercurial big man had returned to Cleveland and hadn’t had a chance to meet his new teammates yet.
But Indiana’s All-Star starter, Paul George, isn’t concerned about Bynum’s reputation.
“I think it increases our chances (of winning a championship),” George said. “A lot of teams have three centers. With us only having two, him being one of the best ones out there, it’s a no-brainer to go after a talented guy like that.”
The Pacers (36-10) eked out the win despite a season-high 24 turnovers that Brooklyn converted into 36 points.
“We didn’t play a great game,” Vogel said. “We’ve got to get under control.”
Lance Stephenson, left out of the All-Star game despite leading the NBA in triple-doubles, added 14 points for Indiana. David West had 17 points and George Hill scored 10.
“We’ve got to be a little more patient. We’re swinging for the fences a little too much in terms of trying to make some tight interior passes as opposed to making the simple play,” said West, who had a game-high seven assists.
Shaun Livingston scored a season-high 24 points for the Nets, who couldn’t hold an early seven-point lead against the Eastern Conference leaders.
Joe Johnson, an All-Star selection, spent much of the night dueling with Stephenson and scored 16 for Brooklyn, which has lost three straight since starting January with 11 wins in 12 games.