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The NCAA tournament keeps the Pacers on the road for most of March – in fact, Wednesday’s game against Brooklyn was Indiana’s only game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the first seven competitions since the All-Star hiatus.

For much of Wednesday, the Pacers appeared to be home. They used a 40 point quarter to build a comfortable lead that they held for most of the night. Domantas Sabonis collected his sixth triple-double of the season before the end of the third quarter. The stars seemed poised for Indiana to take a streak of five defeats in the friendly rooms of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

But James Harden and the Nets had other ideas. Brooklyn (28-13) without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but Harden picked up the deficit and led the visitors to a 124-115 win from behind.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and Sabonis finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Indiana (17-22), but it wasn’t enough to beat an MVP-like performance from Harden.

Harden scored 25 of his 40 high-profile points in the second half while also scoring 10 rebounds and 15 assists to record his 11th triple double of the season, bringing the Nets to their sixth straight win and their 14th win in their last 15 games to lead . The 6-5 guard left the field 13-for-27 and 12-for-14 from the free-throw line. « Harden just did his thing, » said Sabonis after the game. « We tried to throw all kinds of defenses at him, but he tore us apart. »

Sabonis and the Pacers offensive rolled in early Wednesday night. Sabonis scored 14 points in the first quarter alone, 12 of them in an impressive two-and-a-half-minute sequence.

The All-Star striker received a light dip in a beautiful dish from Caris LeVert at 4:08 am. LeVert reconnected with Sabonis on the next trip. This time he scored and fouled Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. After a layup by Doug McDermott, Sabonis jumped into the fast lane to intercept Bruce Brown and took him to the one-handed jam himself to force a break in Brooklyn.

Sabonis wasn’t done after the interruption. He let off a 3-pointer and then scored another hit from T.J. McConnell at 1:36. That excitement was part of a 23-7 run in Indiana to close the neighborhood. The Pacers went 17-27 (63 percent) in the frame to open a commanding 40-25 lead.

The nets stormed back in the second quarter and climbed within four with their own 20-8 run Minutes at 49-45, with five minutes remaining in the first half. Back-to-back layups by McConnell and LeVert gave the Pacers some breathing space and they stayed ahead until break and paused 61-58.

Brogdon and Justin Holiday together scored the first 17 points of the Pacers in the third quarter to help the hosts keep the lead.

Indiana led by up to nine points in the frame, but James Harden kept Brooklyn within striking distance with 11 points and four assists in the quarter. A Joe Harris 3-pointer in the final seconds of the frame shortened the Pacers’ lead to 91-89.

However, the Nets took the lead early in the fourth quarter, closing the game 9:16 at Harden’s layup with 96 and 20 seconds later took the lead with Nicolas Claxton for the first time since the first quarter.

The Pacers briefly tied the game on McConnell’s layup at the other end, but Brooklyn quickly took control with two free throws from Jeff Green and a Harden 3-pointer.

Brooklyn extended their lead to nine at 115-106 in the last minute. The Pacers found their lives when Brogdon met at 1:05 and Tyler Johnson made sales for the following inbound. LeVert drilled a quick three to cut the deficit to 115-111 within a minute.

But Brogdon was whistled for fouling Harden before the next inbound, allowing him a free throw. Harden then blew through Brogdon for two more points to put the game on hold.

The defeat continued a frustrating trend for the Pacers, who had the fourth quarter lead in all four games since the All-Star hiatus but only won once.

LeVert, who took off in January from Brooklyn was brought to Indiana to bring Harden to the Nets, finished his first game against his former team with 19 points, five assists and two steals.

« Of course, when you play against a former team, that’s something quite Special, « said LeVert. « It was good to be out here and play and be healthy. I wish we could have won. »

Joe Harris finished the 5-of-7-3 shootout for Brooklyn with 19 points . Green added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Nets have been without All-Star striker Kevin Durant since February 13 due to a thigh strain, and All-Star colleague Kyrie Irving also had an aching game on Wednesday right bar broken off.

The Pacers will now travel to Miami for two games against the heat on Friday and Sunday. They end a three-game road trip in Milwaukee on Monday night.

With his sixth triple-double, Sabonis broke the franchise single-season record for triple-double. Lance Stephenson led the NBA in the 2013/14 season with five triple doubles.

The Pacers’ 40 points in the first quarter were a new season high. It was only the second time this season that Indiana has scored 40 or more points in a quarter. They had 41 points in the fourth quarter in a win in Atlanta on February 13th.

The Nets beat Indiana 50-34 and 15-4 on the offensive. Brooklyn beat the Pacers 18-7 on second chance points and 11-0 in the fourth quarter.

Myles Turner struggled with nasty problems most of the night and only played 24 minutes, but he made it it to add two blocks to its leading league. Turner has now blocked one shot in 55 games in a row, breaking Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record for the longest run in a row.

« There was definitely something there in both the second and fourth quarters We have to do a better job in the offensive glass, that’s number one … If we play a good defense we definitely have to come up with the rebound so we can get more possessions. « -Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren over the difference in the game

« We let them get a lot of offensive rebounds on the track. They got a lot of second chance points. And then their offense was a bit crisper than ours. » -LeVert

« We feel like we’ve had everyone under control in the last four games. We just can’t finish them in the fourth quarter. That’s obviously annoying. » -Sabonis

« He’s had some touch there, he’s made the right game … He’s still making the right pass and screen. He doesn’t care about his points. » -Bjorkgren on Sabonis has only scored four points on three attempts in the last three quarters.

« I feel better every day. I feel more comfortable every day when I play, when I watch movies, when I am just with the guys am together.  » -LeVert at his comfort level after three games with his new team

The Pacers have lost six games in a row for the first time since Bankers Life Fieldhouse and for the first time since 1985 at home.

The Pacers are traveling on Friday, March 19th at 8:00 p.m. (CET) for the first of two races in a row against Jimmy Butler and The Heat in Miami.

A limited number of tickets for all upcoming Pacers home games from March 17th to March 21st. April is available now. Tickets for the last nine regular season home games will go on sale on Monday, April 19. Single playing cards »Health & Safety Guidelines»

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