Wednesday, June 7

TJ McConnell, Indiana show fight in loss to Nets

BROOKLYN – It wasn’t pretty early, but the Pacers refused to lay down.

With their season ending and only nine players available Sunday at Barclays Center, they still found themselves in a meaningful game at Barclays Center. The Nets needed a win to secure the seventh seed and ensure two possible home games in the Play-In Tournament, needing to win one of them to officially qualify for the playoffs.

But the Pacers didn’t simply hand Brooklyn a better chance to extend its season just because theirs was over. Indiana made the Nets work for it, rallying in the third quarter to tie the game before ultimately falling 134-126. The Pacers ended their season on 10-game losing streak — two short of the franchise record — and with a record of 25-57, their lowest win total since 1989, which, fittingly, is the last time they had a single- digit draft pick like they’ll have this offseason.

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