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Pacers final score: Nets close out Pacers 111-106

George Hill had 28, but Indiana struggled late, falling in Brooklyn and dropping 1 1/2 games out of the playoff race.

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The Indiana Pacers dug a deep hole in the first quarter, but managed to climb out of it, setting a trend in the process by struggling to close out quarters. Their failure to close the second and third quarters gave the Brooklyn Nets a nine point advantage, helping them in the end to grab the late win over the Pacers.

Indiana held the ball twice in the final two minutes down five, but missed a pair of threes, including a bail out attempt by Roy Hibbert that unsurprisingly failed to draw iron. Joe Johnson would respond with a corner three of his own to sink the dagger. George Hill had 28 points to lead the Pacers, but only got 30 points of support from the rest of the starting lineup. Luis Scola and C.J. Watson each had 13 off the bench. Indiana is now 1 1/2 games out of the 8th spot with eight to play, and now lose the tiebreaker to Brooklyn.