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The Indiana Pacers lost to the Miami Heat in Indianapolis on Friday evening by a score of 113-104. 

The win advanced the Heat to 14-9, while the Pacers fell to 9-16 in their first 25 games of the 2021-22 NBA season. 

"The second game in a row where the opponent just got going right away," Rick Carlisle said postgame. 

The Pacers were coming off of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night also at home. 

Caris LeVert led the team with 27 points, and Domantas Sabonis continues to be a force on the glass with 16 rebounds in the game. 

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Over on the Heat's side, Kyle Lowry led the way with 26 points, and Duncan Robinson went off for 24 points. 

Jimmy Butler did not play in the game. 

With a lot of veterans on the roster, and their 13th overall pick Chris Duarte being 24-years-old this is clearly not the way they the Pacers would have wanted to start the season.  

Even this early in the season they have dug themselves in to a hole in the standings.  

They are the 13th seed in the Eastern Conference, and already a full four games back of the tenth seed, which is the final spot for the play-in tournament.  

The NBA is an 82-game season, so of course a lot can change over the next few months, but if things don't turn around soon, they could once again be a team that does not make the postseason.  

They made the play-in tournament last season, but lost to the Washington Wizards in the second game.