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GAME RECAP: Nets 108, Pacers 96

D'Angelo Russell scores 20 points and Joe Harris adds 19 as the Nets clinch a playoff birth for the first time since 2015.

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GAME RECAP: Nets 108, Pacers 96

D'Angelo Russell scores 20 points and Joe Harris adds 19 as the Nets clinch a playoff birth for the first time since 2015.
Apr 7, 2019  |  00:00

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - April 7, 2019

April 7, 2019 - Pacers players Darren Collison, Wesley Matthews and Thaddeus Young discussed Indiana's 108-96 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at their last home game of the regular season Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 7, 2019  |  02:04

Pacers Enjoy Giving Back on Fan Appreciation Night

April 7, 2019 - Following their game against the Nets, the Pacers took some time to sign autographs and give away gear to fans as part of Fan Appreciation Night presented by Indiana Members Credit Union.
Apr 7, 2019  |  01:08

Postgame: McMillan Press Conference - April 7, 2019

April 7, 2019 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked to the media following Indiana's 108-96 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday evening.
Apr 7, 2019  |  11:54

Pacers Enjoy Giving Back on Fan Appreciation Night

April 7, 2019 - Following their game against the Nets, the Pacers took some time to sign autographs and give away gear to fans as part of Fan Appreciation Night presented by Indiana Members Credit Union.
Apr 7, 2019  |  01:08

Thad Finishes and Gets the Whistle

April 07, 2019: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 7, 2019  |  04:10

Leaf and Sabonis Connect Underneath

April 07, 2019: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 7, 2019  |  04:10

Holiday Feeds Sabonis for the Dunk

April 07, 2019: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 7, 2019  |  02:57

Turner Cashes the Three Ball

April 07, 2019: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 7, 2019  |  03:21

Game Rewind: Pacers 96, Nets 108

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Game Recap

The playoff picture became a little clearer on Sunday night, as the Indiana Pacers dropped their second straight game, falling to the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 108-96.

The loss locked the Pacers (47-34) into the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana will begin the playoffs on the road next weekend in Boston.

Meanwhile, the Nets (41-40) clinched a playoff berth with a win, sending Brooklyn back to the postseason for the first time since 2015.

"We as a team have to get it together," Pacers co-captain Thaddeus Young said after the loss. "The playoffs are coming faster than expected. At the end of the day, we have to be ready at all costs."

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The Nets hit their first four shots on Sunday, racing out to an early 9-0 lead. But the Pacers came right back with a 12-2 run — capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Myles Turner — to move in front.

The two teams traded the lead a handful of times over the remainder of the first quarter before Brooklyn closed the frame with a 14-7 surge to take a 31-25 lead into the second quarter.

The Pacers briefly tied the game at 31, but the Nets retook the lead shortly thereafter and took their first double-digit lead of the night thanks to an 11-0 run midway through the second quarter that featured three 3-pointers by sharpshooter Joe Harris. The visitors led 52-44 at the intermission.

Indiana lost a starter midway through the third quarter, as Turner rolled his ankle and exited the game with 7:43 left in the frame. He went into the locker room then reemerged on the bench later in the frame with ice on his ankle. He did not reenter the game.

Young scored 10 points in the first 6:19 of the third quarter, but the Pacers were unable to erase the Nets' lead. The visitors closed the frame with seven unanswered points to take an 82-69 lead into the fourth.

Brooklyn extended its lead to 17 points four minutes into the final frame. The Pacers rallied once more, with Domantas Sabonis' dunk making it a 95-85 game with 5:28 remaining, but that would be the closest they would get, as the Nets used a 10-2 run to seal the victory.

"We never controlled the speed of the game," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "They got to their tempo and we really couldn’t stop them."

Sabonis led Indiana with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 12 rebounds, and three assists in the loss. Young added 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and four assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 13 points and four boards. Cory Joseph joined them in double figures, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, and four assists.

D'Angelo Russell led all scorers with 20 points and also tallied six rebounds and six assists. Harris added 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Caris LeVert finished with 18 points and five rebounds.

The Pacers will close out the regular season on Wednesday night in Atlanta. They will open the playoffs on either Saturday or Sunday against the Celtics.

Indiana enters the postseason struggling, having dropped 14 of its last 21 games against a difficult schedule.

"I don't scare very easily, so I'm not concerned," guard Wesley Matthews said. "We've got to get it together. We've got a group of veterans, a group of guys that have been in situations going into the postseason. The biggest thing is health right now."

Cory Joseph

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Inside the Numbers

Sabonis recorded his team-leading 30th double-double of the season in the loss.

Starting point guard Darren Collison returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing the past three games with a groin injury. Collison struggled with his shot, going 2-for-12 from the field and 0-for-4 from 3-point range and finishing with four points, six assists, and two steals in just under 23 minutes.

The Nets went 17-for-22 from the free throw line, while the Pacers attempted just seven fouls shots and hit just four, both of which were season lows.

Before he left in third quarter, Turner added three blocked shots to his league-leading total.

Brooklyn outscored Indiana 16-6 in second-chance points.

You Can Quote Me On That

"That start was really bad...just no energy at the start of this game. I thought our second unit came in and picked it up with some energy but we gave up about 13 offensive rebounds in the first half and that's too many for an entire game. So that really shows that we brought no fight to this contest tonight." -McMillan

"They wanted it more than us. I think that's what it was. They were playing for something, and they went out and showed it. They played hard and aggressive so hats off to them." -Turner

"We just have to be sharp with our execution when we run plays. We have to make sure we still have that trust amongst each other." -Collison

"I'm just glad about the way that we did it here against a tough Indiana team on the road on a back to back, which we've struggled with in the past. It's a wonderful way to qualify for the playoffs." -Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson

"It means a lot obviously to exceed expectations for a lot of us in here, to see how far that we've come, it means a ton. Hopefully a sign of things to come." -Harris

Stat of the Night

The Nets outrebounded the Pacers 52-33 on Sunday, including a decisive 17-5 advantage on the offensive glass.

Noteworthy

  • The Nets snapped a nine-game losing streak against Indiana with Sunday's victory.
  • Pacers reserve guard Tyreke Evans was inactive on Sunday due to a sore knee.
  • Sunday's game was Fan Appreciation Night presented by IMCU. All the Pacers players stayed on the court after the game to sign autographs for fans in attendance.

Tickets

Tickets for all potential Pacers home games in the first round of the playoffs are now on sale. Dates for those games will be announced on Wednesday, April 10. Find Tickets »

Hickory Night

The Pacers wore their Hickory uniforms on Sunday and honored the eight 2018-19 IHSAA boys and girls basketball state champion teams at halftime.

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