Nets seal fourth seed in Eastern Conference with win.
The Brooklyn Nets secured fourth place in the Eastern Conference and the home-court advantage that comes with it, following their 117-109 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
They still have an outside chance of catching the Pacers in third, who have now lost three of their last four games. The Nets are three games adrift with three to play, but have swept the Pacers this season and thus hold the tiebreaker.
Deron Williams had a game-high 33 points, but limped out late in the game after banging knees with Paul George.
He was supported by Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, who had 24 points apiece, while David West scored 26 for Indiana, with George adding 21.
It doesn’t get much easier for the Pacers, who travel to New York to face the Knicks on Sunday, while Brooklyn take on the Toronto Raptors on the same night.