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June 3, 2013 | Round 3, Game 7 | Pacers 76, Heat 99

The Pacers knew all season that a trip to the NBA Finals ran through Miami. They not only made it to the Eastern Conference finals without their best player in Danny Granger, but they forced a Game 7 and had the Miami Heat on their heals. They had the opportunity to shock the world and put an end to the Big Three. Instead, the defending champions played like champions – rising to the challenge with suffocating defense, tenacity on the glass and more effort in a game that required complete focus. The Pacers had a two-point edge after 12 minutes but it didn’t hold up. The Heat broke the game open in the second quarter and rolled to a 99-76 victory, which clinched their third consecutive finals appearance. More

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June 1, 2013 | Round 3, Game 6 | Pacers 91, Heat 77

In what was the franchise’s biggest game in more than a decade, the Pacers came to play – it just took them a half. They poured it on in the third, outscoring the Miami Heat 29-15 to take a 13-point lead into the final period. With 5:53 to play, LeBron James finished off a layup in transition, part of a 10-2 run that pulled the Heat within four. Paul George then buried a deep 3-pointer to put the Pacers back in control for good. Following a 91-77 victory Indiana’s next game – Game 7 in Miami on Monday – now becomes its biggest in recent history and all eyes will be glued the conclusion of what has been a spectacular Eastern Conference Finals series. More

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May 30, 2013 | Round 3, Game 5 | Pacers 79, Heat 90

The grip of the series was right there. Indiana had the opportunity to build a double-digit lead, dampen Miami’s spirits, and return home with one win needed to make the franchise’s second NBA Finals appearance. Despite shooting 51 percent, the Pacers missed numerous chances in the lane and had nine giveaways in the first half. Then, they got away from their identity and became witnesses to the LeBron James show. Heading into Game 5 in Miami, it felt like James was due to go off. More

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May 28, 2013 | Round 3, Game 4 | Pacers 99, Heat 92

The Pacers couldn’t afford to head back down to South Beach down 3-1. After suffering their worst home loss of the season (by 18 points) in Game 3, the Pacers brought the energy necessary for a critical bounce back win in Game 4. Indiana sustained multiple hits and received a strong effort from its starters, particularly from Roy Hibbert inside, en route to a 99-92 victory. The win evens the best-of-seven series at 2-2.More

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May 26, 2013 | Round 3, Game 3 | Pacers 96, Heat 114

When the Miami Heat play to their full capabilities, they’re an awfully tough team to cover. Unstoppable, really. The Pacers found this out Sunday night when the Heat's high-level talent and championship experience was on full display at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami throttled Indiana in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 114-96. Miami has taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and they have regained home-court advantage. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wanted his team to commit to being aggressive and disruptive early. They made numerous adjustments from the outset, with the spacing of their bigs catching the Pacers off guard. More

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May 24, 2013 | Round 3, Game 2 | Pacers 97, Heat 93

LeBron James had the last word in Game 1, laying the ball in with his left hand as time expired for an overtime win. On Friday night, and with Roy Hibbert manning the lane, the Pacers ensured that James couldn’t repeat himself. Indiana’s defense, which held Miami to just one field goal in the final 6:09, intercepted two consecutive passes by James with less a minute to play to hold on for a 97-93 victory at American Airlines Arena. With the win, the Pacers return to Indianapolis with the series tied at one game apiece – just like last postseason. Game 3 is on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More

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May 22, 2013 | Round 3, Game 1 | Pacers 102, Heat 103

It looked as if the Pacers were going to get their wish: Take Game 1, as they did last series in New York and steal home court advantage. First, Paul George sank a deep 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. He was stellar in the fourth quarter and in extra time, scoring 18 of his team-high 27 points during that stretch. George then sank three foul shots after being hit in the act of shooting to put the Pacers’ up by one with just 2.2 seconds on the clock. But on the sideline in front of their bench, the Heat inbounded the ball to LeBron James, the four-time MVP. More

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May 18, 2013 | Round 2, Game 6 | Pacers 106, Knicks 99

Lance Stephenson had his moment on the big stage. Fitting, that it was against his hometown New York Knicks. Stephenson scored nine of his team-high 25 points (a new career high) in the fourth quarter to lead the Pacers during a critical stretch to close the game – and the series, 4-2. The Pacers beat the Knicks 106-99 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004. The series will open in Miami on Wednesday. It was a great shooting display from both teams in the opening quarter. The Pacers came out with a winning energy level, whipping the ball on offense and outscoring the Knicks in the paint, 14-2. They minimized their turnovers to three in the first quarter, and led by two after 12 minutes of play. Sam Young came off the bench to lend a hand to Paul George in defending Carmelo Anthony, who scored 12 of his 20 first half points in the first quarter. More

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May 16, 2013 | Round 2, Game 5 | Pacers 75, Knicks 85

After never being in front in Game 4, the Knicks led the entire way Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Within six points late, the Pacers had opportunities to take control and wrap the series up, but poor execution and a pile of turnovers did them in. The Pacers lead the Knicks 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with Game 6 slated for Saturday night in Indy. About four hours before Thursday's tip, the Pacers found out they’d have to play without starting point guard George Hill, who was ruled out with a concussion sustained in their Game 4 win. The injury led D.J. Augustin's insertion into the starting lineup and meant more minutes for others. The Knicks excelled in the early going and led 11-4 with seven points coming from Carmelo Anthony. More

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May 14, 2013 | Round 2, Game 4 | Pacers 93, Knicks 82

Heading into Tuesday’s Game 4 with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, George Hill said the Pacers had to treat it as if they were down in the series, with their backs were against the wall and unable to afford a loss. Pacers coach Frank Vogel added to that, saying it was the next step in this team’s development. That desperate mentality was effective, and their effort was “off the charts,” according to Vogel. With a 93-82 victory, the Pacers take a commanding 3-1 lead as they head back to New York looking to wrap the series up in Game 5 on Thursday night. In an effort to counter Indiana’s frontcourt, Knicks coach Mike Woodson started a different lineup than the first three games – opening with Kenyon Martin instead of guard Pablo Prigioni. More

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May 11, 2013 | Round 2, Game 3 | Pacers 82, Knicks 71

The Pacers don’t mind this type of game. Low scoring, below-average shooting percentages, a battle of the bigs. In front of a national audience in prime time, the Pacers took a 2-1 series lead with an 82-71 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Feeding off the energy from the crowd in a sold-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with fans rocking gold t-shirts, the Pacers connected on their first three shots from downtown to open the game. Then, they handed the ball over and missed on multiple chances at the rim. Neither team shot it well – just 35 percent – and the Pacers misfired on all three chances at the foul line, but were in front by three at the end of the first quarter. More

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May 7, 2013 | Round 2, Game 2 | Pacers 79, Knicks 105

The Pacers already had one road win in their second round series with the New York Knicks and Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, they wanted to get another before returning to Indianapolis. With just over three minutes to play in the third quarter, the Pacers had a two-point lead. But then, they stopped hitting shots. They made just four field goals the rest of the game and were outscored 33-15 over the final 15:28. No Pacers starter made a field goal over that stretch. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 32 points, half tallied during that span, and the Knicks were able to even the series, 1-1, with a 105-79 victory. More

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May 5, 2013 | Round 2, Game 1 | Pacers 102, Knicks 95

Who needs superstars when you have a balanced-attack? There was Roy Hibbert at the rim, protecting his land. There was Lance Stephenson, playing a few miles from his hometown, knocking down open shots and grabbing any lose ball in sight. There was David West, battling in the post but also hitting his patented step-back jumper. Playing in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Indiana Pacers collectively put on their hard hats and went to work. They took command of the game in the second quarter, led by as many as 16 points, and took home court advantage away from the Knicks with a 102-95 Game 1 win. More

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May 3, 2013 | Round 1, Game 6 | Pacers 81, Hawks 73

The Indiana Pacers got back to what got them 49 regular season wins, a Central Division title and the third seed in the Eastern Conference: defense and rebounding. Those two elements were critical factors for the team Friday night when they held off a late charge by the Atlanta Hawks. Their 81-73 victory snapped a 13-game losing streak in Philips Arena, but more importantly, it wrapped up the series to propel them into the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Indiana had a 15-point cushion entering the fourth quarter, but the Hawks didn’t give up without a fighting. They used a 21-7 run to cut the deficit to three points with 2:41 remaining. The Pacers got five straight stops and the Hawks didn’t score again. More

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May 1, 2013 | Round 1, Game 5 | Pacers 106, Hawks 83

Atlanta had made adjustments Games 3 and 4 in Atlanta, going big and being the aggressor in the pair of wins. Back in Indy, Pacers coach Frank Vogel knew it was going to take more than just playing in front of their home crowd to grab command of the series. As has been the story all series, whichever team took control of the game in the second quarter was victorious. In this case, it was the Pacers with a dominant display. The adjustments, which felt like a chess match within the game, paid off for the Pacers. They played their best defense of the series, holding the Hawks to 33 percent from the floor, and with a 106-83, they lowered the magic number to wrap up the best-of-seven series to one. More

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April 29, 2013 | Round 1, Game 4 | Pacers 91, Hawks 102

They had their chances late. Despite falling behind by as many as 19 points, the Indiana Pacers worked their way back, narrowed the gap to five with less than two minutes to go, but once again the Atlanta Hawks provided the final punch. Atlanta evened the series at two games apiece with a 102-91 win Monday night at Philips Arena. Indiana’s loss extends their drought in Atlanta to 13 games, dating back to 2006. Just like in Game 3, the Pacers pulled ahead in the early going. Back-to-back offensive rebounds and dunks by Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough put the Pacers up seven, but the Hawks quickly erased the deficit and scored the final eight points of the first quarter for a one-point edge. Atlanta would never trail again. More

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April 27, 2013 | Round 1, Game 3 | Pacers 69, Hawks 90

The Indiana Pacers had hoped to end their 11 game losing streak in Atlanta. They had hoped to take a 3-0 lead in the series, a feat that based on history, nearly guarantees a series win -- no team has ever lost a best-of-seven series when up 3-0. They knew the Hawks were going to bring their best effort, as Atlanta designated Saturday’s Game 3 as a must-win game. Back at home, the Hawks backed up their words and outplayed the Pacers in all aspects of the game. They were more physical, quicker to the ball, made more shots, and took advantage of 22 Indiana turnovers. The Hawks gained control in the first quarter and crushed the Pacers, 90-69, at Philips Arena. More

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April 24, 2013 | Round 1, Game 2 | Pacers 113, Hawks 98

The Pacers expected a different Atlanta Hawks team in Game 2. They expected an opponent with a little edge to them along with a few adjustments to counter how the Pacers beat them in Game 1 on Sunday. After all, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said earlier this week that the biggest number of adjustments in a series come between Game 1 and 2. Though the Hawks threatened at times, and there was a tight whistle throughout which affected the game, the Pacers went in front late in the first quarter and expanded their lead to as many as 24 in the fourth. More

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April 21, 2013 | Round 1, Game 1 | Pacers 107, Hawks 90

All week the Pacers insisted they were focused, dialed in and ready to go come playoff time. Behind a triple-double from Paul George, just the second in franchise playoff history, along with a strong showing from a handful of others, the Pacers outworked the Atlanta Hawks and took Game 1 in the best-of-seven series, 107-90, on Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Hawks went ahead 11-6 in the early moments, hitting five of their first six shots. The Pacers withstood that early charge and responded with a 17-4 run to go in front, 23-15. George Hill connected on all five of his attempts and had 13 points at the end of the first, as the Pacers, who shot 62 percent and had just two turnovers, led by eight. More

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April 17, 2013 | Pacers 95, Sixers 105

The Pacers dug themselves a deep hole – they never led and trailed by as many as 26 – and were unable to recover. With 32 seconds remaining to play, they got to within six points but by then it was too late. The Philadelphia 76ers held off a late charge and wrapped up their season with a 105-95 victory. The 76ers (34-48), whose season didn’t quite go as hoped, scored the first 11 points of the game. With nothing on the line, Frank Vogel rested starters George Hill, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert ahead of the playoffs this weekend. From the tip, the Pacers (49-32) seemed disinterested and their play reflected that. They missed their first six foul shots, had six turnovers after 12 minutes of play and trailed by nine. Jeff Pendergraph was the only Indiana player with more than one field goal, and he had just four points in six minutes. More

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April 14, 2013 | Pacers 80, Knicks 90

The Pacers got down 20 in the second quarter, but they weren’t out of it. That is, until they kept giving the ball away, over and over. The Pacers turned it over a season-high 26 times leading to 33 points for the New York Knicks, who clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 win Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Despite the Pacers falling for the fourth time in five games, they have secured the 3-seed in the East after Brooklyn lost at Toronto Sunday afternoon. The NBA’s leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, made his first four shots of the game and had the Knicks’ first 11 points. Paul George, who was checking Anthony, was forced to the bench five minutes in after picking up his second foul. The Pacers (49-31) shot themselves in the foot with nine turnovers in the first quarter, which led to 11 points for the Knicks (53-27). More

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April 12, 2013 | Pacers 109, Nets 117

We’ve seen this before. Get down big and challenge late. It was the fourth consecutive game that the Pacers had fallen behind by at least 20 points. Unlike Tuesday, they were unsuccessful in completing the comeback. The Pacers (49-30) locked down on defense and rallied in the second half to take their first lead, 101-99, with five minutes to go. Brooklyn converted down the stretch and captured their fourth straight win, 117-109. The Nets (47-32) swept the season series, 3-0. Indiana’s defense, which has allowed opponents to make at least half their shots in three of the past four games, didn’t do much to slow Brooklyn down in the opening half. More

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April 9, 2013 | Pacers 99, Cavaliers 94

The Pacers were in a rut. They had lost their past two games by 22 and 19. Trailing by 15 with 2:05 remaining in the third quarter and with just one field goal over a 4:28 period, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel knew his team needed something to change the game.That’s when he decided to pull the trigger. Vogel unloaded on an official, received two technical fouls and would watch the remainder of the game back in his office. The Pacers (49-29) went on to outscore the Cleveland Cavaliers 35-10 over the final 12 minutes in what Roy Hibbert called an epic comeback. “Stuck in mud” through the first three quarters, according to Vogel, the Pacers completed a 20-point comeback and ended a two-game skid with a 99-94 victory over the Cavaliers (49-29) on Tuesday night. More

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April 6, 2013 | Pacers 85, Wizards 104

This one started ugly, and ended even uglier. For the second night in a row, the Pacers struggled shooting the ball, were a step slow, and began each stanza poorly. Behind 37 points from John Wall, who didn’t play in the first three meetings because of a left knee injury, the Washington Wizards (29-47) handled the Pacers, 104-85, Saturday night in D.C. From the tip, the Pacers (48-29) sluggishly got behind 26-12, which included seven in a row from Wall, just over seven minutes into the game. The lone bright spot for Indiana was Roy Hibbert, who had 14 points in the first period. For how good he looked, Wall one-upped him with 15 points and he only missed one of his eight shots. After the Pacers got down 14, they then outscored the Wizards 26-11 to take the first lead, 38-37, since 4-2. Gerald Green then sparked a mini run; he banged in an outside shot, and then connected on a turnaround fadeaway from behind the foul line. The Wizards were up three at the break. More

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April 5, 2013 | Pacers 75, Thunder 97

The night was set up to be a special one for the Pacers. They were slated to be on ESPN with a chance to clinch their first division title in nine seasons. A week ago, though, ESPN opted to go with the Miami at Charlotte game instead. Against one of the elite teams in the NBA, Oklahoma City, Indiana “laid an egg,” according to Paul George in a with a 97-75 loss on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana (48-28) got within three points of the Oklahoma City on a layup from Paul George, his third (and final) field goal of the game with 47.9 seconds left in the third quarter. The Pacers then went cold in the fourth, shooting 2-for-18, including 0-9 from deep. The Thunder (56-20) outscored the Pacers 25-8 and ended the Pacers’ five-game winning streak. More

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April 1, 2013 | Pacers 109, Clippers 106

This one will be talked about for a while. The Pacers led the entire way – by 24 points at one point in the third period. With All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the bench for most of the fourth, the Los Angeles Clippers reserves rallied the home team back to within one. Roy Hibbert, who had a big night and scored a game-high 26 points, knocked down a field goal. Less than a minute later, David West buried a step-back jumper from the right elbow to keep the Pacers in front by four. After hitting just one of their first six free throw attempts in the fourth, they made the final eight and held off a raucous comeback by the Clippers. With 1.9 seconds left, the ball was thrown about 60 feet to Griffin, who punched it to Lamar Odom for one last look at the top of the key. It was too strong and the Pacers exhaled in relief. More

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March 27, 2013 | Pacers 100, Rockets 91

Roy Hibbert was unhappy with the way the Pacers finished their last game. They led by 28 but allowed Atlanta’s bench to get within four, though they held on for the win. In postgame interviews, he fought back words and kept repeating that how they finished was “unacceptable.” He wasn’t going to let it happen again. Hibbert, who hadn’t scored during the fourth quarter in the last two games, made sure they fed him the ball. He scored seven of his season-high 28 points in the fourth as the Pacers got it done in Houston, 100-91. The Pacers (45-27) led the entire game, by as many as 19 at one point in the second quarter. Hibbert ensured that they closed out the Rockets (39-32) Wednesday night. Midway through the fourth, he hit two foul shots, knocked down a hook shoot, then connected on two more foul shots. On the next sequence at the other end, Hibbert stuffed not one, but two layups at the rim by Greg Smith, which led to an easy layup for Lance Stephenson. More

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March 25, 2013 | Pacers 100, Hawks 94

Through three quarters, it looked as if the Indiana Pacers were going to run away with a 20-plus point win. Then entered the bottom five guys on the Atlanta Hawks’ bench, a bunch that played the entire fourth quarter – a group that sees the floor on limited basis and had something to prove. That group refused to hand the game over. The Pacers (44-27) led by as many 28 and hung on for the 100-94 win, ahead of a big four-game road trip. With 1:09 remaining in the fourth, the Hawks (39-32) scored nine straight points to get within four. After a couple missed shots by the Pacers, Hawks guard John Jenkins brought the ball across midcourt then lost it to D.J. Augustin. Augustin flung the ball to Gerald Green, who was wide-open in the right corner. With no hesitation – and plenty of time on the shot clock and 34 seconds left in the game – Green let it fly. More

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March 23, 2013 | Pacers 84, Bulls 87

The Pacers came into Chicago seeking their fourth win in a row, a season sweep of their division rival, and a quality road win. Despite Indiana hitting only four shots in the fourth quarter, Paul George had two open looks in the final seconds to try to send the game into overtime. Instead the undermanned Bulls prevailed, 87-84. The Pacers (43-27) struggled in the early-going, missing their first six shots. They then hit their next five attempts and used an 11-2 run to take control for the rest of the half. Already without Joakim Noah because of a sore foot, the Bulls' (37-31) front line got even thinner late in the first when both Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer sat down with two fouls. Roy Hibbert scored eight of the Pacers’ 22 points and they led 22-16 after the first. More

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March 22, 2013 | Pacers 102, Bucks 78

For the first 24 minutes, the Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks traded the lead over a dozen times and were separated by no more than five points. Following their halftime locker room speech, the Pacers locked in on defense and held the Bucks to 24 percent shooting. In front of their seventh-sellout crowd of the season, the Pacers recorded their third-straight win, 102-78. It was all about the inside game in the opening quarter. Power forwards Tyler Hansbrough, who scored the Pacers’ first six points, and Samuel Dalembert led their teams with nine and 10 points, respectively. Milwaukee (34-34) attempted 11 more shots and missed more than two-thirds of them. The Pacers (43-26) shot 59-percent in the first stanza, primarily because 18 of their points came in the lane, with three more from the line. Paul George’s lay-in bucket tied the game at 23 at the end of the first. More

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March 19, 2013 | Pacers 95, Magic 73

It wasn't a great shooting night for either team, but a strong defensive effort by the Pacers helped to pull them past the Orlando Magic, 95 to 73. This marks the second fewest points allowed by an opponent so far this season by the Pacers. Last month, the Pacers held Detroit to 72 points. The Pacers shot just 39-percent from the field. The difference was made from the foul line, where Indiana made 21 of 24 free throws. They also held their opponent to just 32-percent shooting. Magic head coach, Jacque Vaughn, was ejected from the game in the third quarter after arguing over a technical foul given to Kyle O'Quinn on the previous play. More

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March 18, 2013 | Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90

Tyler Hansbrough started the game and Gerald Green stole the show with four triples and multiple highlight-worthy dunks. The Pacers rebounded from two-consecutive losses and had no problem dismantling the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-90. The Cavaliers (22-45) were without their top two players, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, because of injury, but they got off to a sweltering start. They scored on six of their first seven possessions and soon led by seven. The Pacers (41-26) then scored 11-straight points and took over the lead, which they held on to for the remainder of the game. More

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March 16, 2013 | Pacers 91, Sixers 98

The Pacers had a one-point lead on the Philadelphia 76ers entering the fourth quarter, but that’s when the game turned. The 76ers opened the final quarter with a 19-4 run while the Pacers struggled mightily on both ends. With six players in double figures, the 76ers upset the Pacers, who’ve now dropped two in a row, 98-91. The 76ers (25-40) had lost six of their last seven games, and 14 of 17 going back to their 19-point loss to the Pacers (40-26) on Feb. 6. In a game that would have put the Pacers’ within a game of clinching their third-consecutive playoff berth, they lacked energy and had too many missteps that ultimately cost them. More

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March 15, 2013 | Pacers 91, Lakers 99

The Pacers fell to the Lakers on Friday night in a tightly-contested battle, 99-93. In a game that saw the lead see-saw back and forth for most of the second half, George Hill hit a jumper at 2:39 to tie the game at 87. Dwight Howard converted a three-point play with 1:30 left to give the Lakers the lead. The Lakers got a stop on the ensuing possession and Antawn Jamison hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to six. The Pacers continued to fight and Hill knocked down a couple 3-pointers, but they never were able to make it one possession game. More

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March 13, 2013 | Pacers 107, Timberwolves 91

The Pacers must have been hungry. According to center Roy Hibbert, who scored a season-high 27 points and recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds, everybody was “eating” – meaning scoring and getting stops – in the Pacers’ 107-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Pacers led by as many as 19 and never fell behind. Offense came early and often in the first quarter, which featured a combined 63 points. The Pacers (40-24) hopped out to a 10-0 lead, a lead they maintained for most of the quarter, and connected on 71 percent of their shots attempted. After one, the Pacers had a 35-28 advantage with 16 of their points scored in the paint. More

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March 10, 2013 | Pacers 91, Heat 105

Like the Pacers, the Miami Heat had this third (and final) regular season meeting marked down on the calendar. The Heat had fallen in the two previous meetings, both in Indianapolis and by double-digits. With the Pacers down in their territory and with a 17-game win streak on the line, the Heat received large contributions from five different players and shot 56% en route to a 105-91 win.The Pacers (39-24) led 11-6 early, but then the Heat (47-14) turned it up a notch. Miami used an 11-3 run to take a 17-14 lead, which they held on to for good. Mario Chalmers, who entered the game averaging 7.9 points per game, went off for 11 in the first stanza and the Heat led by nine. More

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March 8, 2013 | Pacers 115, Magic 86

The Pacers had a sour taste in their mouth following a last-second loss to Boston on Wednesday. They went cold in the fourth quarter, allowed the Celtics to do what they wanted offensively, and thus surrendered a double-digit lead. Friday in Orlando, where the Pacers lost in mid-January, they made sure not to let it happen again. Paul George scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter and the bench provided quality contributions all around. With a 115-86 victory, the Pacers (39-23) ended a three-game regular season losing skid to the Magic (17-46) and captured their fourth-straight road win. More

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March 6, 2013 | Pacers 81, Celtics 83

The Pacers had the Boston Celtics right where they wanted. George Hill had just rattled off eight straight points and Paul George’s three-pointer gave the Pacers a nine-point lead with 4:35 remaining. From there, the Pacers (38-23) would produce nothing offensively – seven missed shots, three turnovers – and gave up 11 straight points to end the game, including a layup from Jeff Green, who slipped inside the lane, for the win. The Celtics (33-27) edged the Pacers by a final of 83-81, for their fourth consecutive victory. More

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March 3, 2013 | Pacers 97, Bulls 92

The Pacers ignored the fact that the Chicago Bulls just played last night and after plane problems, didn’t arrive in town until late this morning. The Pacers wouldn’t overlook their division rivals, who were without a few of their core players. They understood it was going to be a defensive clash and likely go down to the wire. Despite a late charge, the Pacers never relinquished the lead and hung on for a 97-92 victory, their third straight over the Bulls this season. The Pacers set the tone early, shooting 60 percent in the first stanza. They traded the lead for the first four minutes, and took the lead for good on a George Hill three-pointer, for three of his 10 points in the quarter. More

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March 1, 2013 | Pacers 93, Raptors 81

The Pacers admittedly had plenty of motivation for a road win Friday night. After dropping both home games to the Toronto Raptors earlier this year and losing last night to the Clippers, the Pacers bounced back to the tune of a 93-81 win in Canada. Back with the team following his one-game suspension, Roy Hibbert had three blocks and altered a couple more shots just minutes into the game. He did, however, have to take a seat after picking up two fouls midway thru the first. He clogged the middle during his 24 minutes on the floor and helped hold the Raptors to 30 points in the paint. After the Pacers scored the first four points of the game, the Raptors used an early 11-2 run to gain the lead, but most of their damage came at the free throw line, where they hit seven of eight tries. The Raptors went 3-of-17 from the field in the first quarter and only tallied two points in the final five minutes. More

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February 28, 2013 | Pacers 91, Clippers 99

The old cliché goes, "You don't know what you've got til it’s gone.” With Pacers center Roy Hibbert suspended one game by the league for an altercation in Tuesday’s game with Golden State, that statement held true Thursday as the Los Angeles Clippers (42-18) scored 50 points in the paint, including two late buckets around the rim from Chris Paul, to hold off a Pacers charge in their 99-91 victory. The loss put an end to Indiana’s (36-22) five-game win streak. In the absence of Hibbert, Ian Mahinmi made his first start of the season. He battled inside, and even forced two quick fouls on Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. More

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February 26, 2013 | Pacers 108, Warriors 97

David West, the backbone of the Indiana Pacers (36-21), had another game where he was going to make sure his team finished on top. He scored 12 of his team-high 28 points in the second quarter. Despite a 38-point effort from Golden State Warriors (33-24) point guard Stephen Curry, the Pacers’ balanced attack, led by West, helped give the Pacers their fifth-consecutive win, 108-97. Curry got hot in a hurry. He scored the first seven points of the game and 10 of the Warriors’ first 12. George Hill, matched up against Curry, saw his quick 10 points and upped the ante, tallying 15 in the opening quarter. The Pacers made seven straight shots and had a six-point lead after 12 minutes of play. More

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February 23, 2013 | Pacers 90, Pistons 72

The Pacers had the unusual test of playing the same opponent for the second night in a row. In Detroit on Saturday night, the Pacers handled a less-talented Pistons squad, 90-72, for a series sweep and their fourth-consecutive win. The return of Danny Granger headlined the Pacers’ 18-point win. Though he finished 1-of-10 from the field and admittedly isn’t quite in rhythm, Granger’s big smile after he made his only basket of the game, a 15-foot jumper from the left corner, told the story. His teammates immediately jumped up and offered high-fives as a timeout was called. More

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February 22, 2013 | Pacers 114, Pistons 82

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel couldn't stop smiling Monday when talking with the gathered media after practice. His team had just wrapped up one of the best post All-Star practices that he had ever been a part of. Add that to their third-place record in the East, performance over the weekend by rising star Paul George and the soon arrival of Danny Granger, the entire team was recharged for the final 29 regular season games. Though a different opponent tonight, the Pacers (34-21) put on the same dominant performance. More

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February 20, 2013 | Pacers 125, Knicks 91

Another contending team entered Bankers Life Fieldhouse and left discouraged. The Pacers rose to the occasion and put away the New York Knicks, who are now just a half game ahead in the conference standings. They didn’t just dominate and beat them up; they dismantled the team from the Big Apple, 125-91. The Pacers used a 9-1 run to take their first double-digit lead, and they were only getting started. There was no let down when the Pacers went to their bench, either. More

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February 11, 2013 | Pacers 84, Nets 89

The Pacers hadn’t lost at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in over two months, a streak of 15 in a row. They now are on a new streak – two consecutive home losses, in overtime, where they led by four points late – and one they’d like to end immediately. They used a 12-2 run to go ahead by four with 1:38 to play but the Nets tied the game up and the Pacers missed their final four shots in regulation. In extra time, the Nets (30-22) got a couple wild shots to fall and made all four free throws to beat the Pacers 89-84. More

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February 8, 2013 | Pacers 98, Raptors 100

The Pacers had opportunities to put the Toronto Raptors, losers in five of their last six games, away countless times. They led by what seemed like eight points for most of the game. Fatigue from the week – four games in five nights – set in and the team made critical turnovers late in both regulation and overtime. With Paul George in his face, Rudy Gay drilled a mid-range jumper with 1.7 seconds left in extra time. At the other end, George’s shot from 17 feet had a chance but rimmed out. More

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February 6, 2013 | Pacers 88, 76ers 76

The Pacers were upset when the NBA scheduled them for three games in three nights, the only team to have such a daunting task this season. And boy did the Pacers show them. In Philadelphia to complete the trifecta, the Pacers held the Sixers to a season-low output and disposed of them 88-69. Three straight games, three double-digit wins. Coach Frank Vogel said the mindset going into the game was solely on the game at hand, not about finishing the back-to-back-to-back. What the team had in the tank was going to be a big factor, but they didn’t seem to let that get them down. More

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February 5, 2013 | Pacers 114, Hawks 103

The Atlanta Hawks have controlled the series with the Pacers over the past few years. Entering Tuesday night's game, they had won 13 of the past 15 meetings, including four in a row and two games this season. Thanks to a balanced attack—seven Pacers scored in double-figures—Indiana ended the skid while extending their home streak to 15 consecutive wins with a 114-103 decision. That streak is their longest since winning 25 in a row during the 1999-2000 season. More

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February 4, 2013 | Pacers 111, Bulls 101

While one might have expected a defensive clash when the top two field goal percentage defenses squared off, both the Pacers and Bulls shot better than their season average and topped the century mark. In a meaningful divisional contest loaded with highlights, the Pacers fended off a late run and beat the Bulls 111-101 to extend their home winning-streak to 14. The Pacers got off to a sweltering start, playing superbly on both ends. More

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February 1, 2013 | Pacers 102, Heat 89

With the league’s premier team in town for round two, the Pacers once again rose to the challenge. They hung tough when the game got chippy, defended, and had their most efficient night of the season en route to a 102-89 win over the Miami Heat, the leaders in the East. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra knew it was going to be a physical game. “Pads up, mouthguards in,” he said before the game. And though it was expected, they sure didn’t like it. More

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January 30, 2013 | Pacers 97, Pistons 79

Returning home to the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers' mission against the Detroit Pistons was clear: Control the paint, rebound, and get back to playing their high-level defense that led the NBA for most of the season. They accomplished all three and ended a three-game skid in the process, defeating the Pistons 98-79. The Pacers led the entire way and ended the first half on an 18-2 run, which put them comfortably in front thereafter. Their 98-79 win is their 12th straight home win and ninth in a row over the Pistons. More

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January 28, 2013 | Pacers 101, Nuggets 102

For the second game in a row, the Pacers trailed by double-digits but came back to tie the game, only to lose with a sour taste in their mouth. On an inbounds play with 0.5 seconds left, Paul George was called for a controversial foul on the Denver Nuggets’ inbounds throw, which sent Andre Iguodala to the free throw line. He knocked down his first attempt and intentionally missed the second for the one-point edge and their fourth-consecutive victory, 102-101. In Denver to wrap up a four-game stretch on the road, the Pacers (26-19) hoped to end a couple of losing streaks, both on the road and to the Denver Nuggets (28-18). The Pepsi Center has been a difficult venue all year for Denver’s opponents, which again was the case tonight. More

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January 26, 2013 | Pacers 110, Jazz 114 OT

For how troubling the Pacers played most of the night, they still had a chance; a chance in regulation and in overtime. A strong start to overtime put the Jazz in front for good as they escaped with a 114-110 victory. The loss will irritate the Pacers in a number of ways. The Pacers had the lead for most of the first quarter, using a 10-2 run to get up as many as seven points. They connected on seven of their first eight shots and great shooting would be a constant in the opening half. The Jazz made half their shots in the first two quarters and the Pacers were even better with a 63 percent clip, but turnovers were the big story. More

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January 23, 2013 | Pacers 80, Trailblazers 100

The Pacers take great pride in their defense, which can be suffocating at times and often holds opponents in the 80s. But not even the NBA’s best defensive team couldn’t slow the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night. They shot their way out of a six-game losing skid to beat the Pacers for the fourth-straight time at the Rose Garden, 100-80. The game was tight throughout the first with neither team leading by more than five. Then in second, the Blazers broke the game open with a 22-4 run. More

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January 21, 2013 | Pacers 82, Grizzlies 81

A defensive, low-scoring contest was to be expected as the Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA's best defensive teams, battled on the hardwood. It was even the entire way, with neither team taking a double-digit lead. George Hill hit one of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to put the Pacers ahead by one. With one last chance, Memphis' swingman Rudy Gay banked in a 20-footer but it left his hands after time expired. The Pacers came away with an impressive 82-81 win over the Grizzlies (26-14). More

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January 18, 2013 | Pacers 105, Rockets 95

Back in the comforts of their own building where they've been exceptionally successful, the Pacers looked to rebound from a disappointing loss in Orlando and build some momentum heading into a four-game road trip. The challenge: the NBA’s best offense (Houston) vs. the best defense (Indiana). Who could beat the other at their own game? The Pacers would answer that, defeating the Houston Rockets 105-95 for their 11th straight home win while handing the Rockets their sixth-consecutive loss. More

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January 16, 2013 | Pacers 86, Magic 97

Coming off a their biggest win of the season, the Pacers had all the momentum heading into Wednesday’s game against an Orlando Magic team that had lost 11 of their last 12 games, including six-straight at home. The Pacers (24-16) got up seven points early but failed to overcome a big first half surge as the Magic (14-24 won in convincing fashion, 97-86. Large leads early in games can often be dangerous for the team on top. They become relaxed and less focused, which allows their opponent back in the game. But that wasn’t the case for the Magic who took control of the game late in the first and never ceased control. Once behind 15-8, they went on a 14-2 run over the final 5:24 of the first quarter for a five-point edge. More

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January 15, 2013 | Pacers 103, Bobcats 76

The Charlotte Bobcats scored the first basket of the game and led for 18 seconds, but then it was all Indiana after that. They built on their lead each quarter, resulting in their largest victory of the season, 103-76. Playing the Bobcats (9-29) for the second time in four days, the game plan was understood and they just had to execute. They did so immediately, attacking the Bobcats' weak inside game and controlling the boards. In the first, the Pacers (24-15) led by as many as 14 but the Bobcats closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to make it a seven-point game. As much as the Pacers ran in the first half, scoring 19 fast break points, they also turned the ball over 11 times. Like in their previous two meetings, the Bobcats hung around in and dug into the Pacers' lead a few times. More

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January 13, 2013 | Pacers 86, Nets 97

Looking for their first five-game winning streak of the season, the Pacers were on the road in Brooklyn – playing at the new Barclays Center for the first time – and wins away for Indy have been difficult to come by. The Pacers (23-15) had a six-point lead, and then the fourth quarter happened. Only connecting on three shots in the final 12 minutes, the Pacers were outscored 28-11 by the Nets (22-15) and lost in Brooklyn, 97-86. In contrast to last night’s game (and the final period), the Pacers’ early shots fell in a hurry. The Nets had trouble matching up with David West and he made them pay, knocking down all five of his shots before coming out. More

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January 12, 2013 | Pacers 96, Bobcats 88

The flu that has swept the country has affected the streaking Pacers, but it can’t hold them down. With their leading scorer Paul George home with the flu (and a couple of others not at 100 percent), it was going to take a combined team effort to beat a struggling, yet dangerous Charlotte Bobcats (9-27) ball club. David West did his best George do-it-all performance and recorded his first career triple-double as the Pacers (23-14) earned their fourth-straight win, defeating the Bobcats 96-88. More

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January 10, 2013 | Pacers 81, Knicks 76

The Pacers faced a daunting test this week, hosting the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Instilling their "smash mouth defense," as Pacers head coach Frank Vogel likes to call it, they made their case to be among the leaders of the East. In front of a national audience on Thursday, the Pacers topped the New York Knicks, 81-76. Offense didn’t come easy for either team all game. The Pacers got off to a particularly slow start and fell behind by seven after missing 10 of their first 13 shots. More

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January 8, 2013 | Pacers 87, Heat 77

The Pacers said they still weren’t over last year’s playoff series, where they were up 2-1 on the Miami Heat but dropped the next three games and the series to the eventual NBA Champions. They can say it’s just another game, but it was an emphatic 87-77 victory for the Pacers Tuesday night over the defending NBA Champions. Matched up against the league’s MVP, 22-year-old Paul George stepped up on the big stage and looked comfortable in the moment. With Danny Granger still out, the spotlight would be on George to not only guard LeBron James, but to be Indiana’s focal point offensively. More

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January 4, 2013 | Pacers 75, Celtics 94

The Boston Celtics (15-17), who have returned to full strength, fought all game long with a chip on their shoulder. After being blasted in their last four outings, losing each game by an average of 20 points, it was their turn to give the beating. The game was a grind in the first quarter, which was to be expected with two defensive-minded teams on the court. They combined for 31 points in the opening quarter and neither team shot above 35 percent. The Pacers (19-14) led 16-15 after 12 minutes of play but they never overcame their shooting struggles and fell in Beantown, 94-75. Let the numbers tell the story. More

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January 2, 2013 | Pacers 89, Wizards 81

Playing host to the league’s worst team, the Pacers knew they had to take care of business against an undermanned Washington Wizards team that has only won four games this season. The Pacers jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and never trailed in their 89-81 win, but the Wizards hung around to make things interesting. The Pacers opened the game in a dominant fashion, scoring the first eight points of the contest (the first 10 split among the five Pacers starters). The strong start would continue, and it looked like this one would be wrapped up quickly after Paul George connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to go up 24-7 midway through the first. At the time, George had eight points to the Wizards’ seven. More

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December 31, 2012 | Pacers 88, Grizzlies 83

The Pacers received a quality test Monday afternoon when they hosted the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the New Year. Built with similar pieces and utilizing very similar concepts, the Grizzlies gave the Pacers a challenge that’ll likely pay dividends down the road. The Grizzlies led by seven after three quarters of play but a big fourth quarter helped the Pacers jump in front to pass the test and get the win, 88-83. With George Hill sidelined due to a right groin strain, D.J. Augustin, who had been demoted to third-string point guard two weeks ago but since returned to backup Hill, got his first start of the season. And right away, he got involved. More

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December 29, 2012 | Pacers 100, Hawks 109

Indiana returned to action Friday night against a Phoenix Suns team that had dropped three in a row. The Pacers’ poor shooting in the second half allowed the Suns to erase what was at one time a 16-point deficit and take a fourth quarter lead. But David West held the team up with a couple big buckets late as the Pacers earned a 97-91 home win. The Pacers came out flat, which you might expect with six days between games. Down 8-1 early, they overcame their slow start by outscoring Phoenix 21-6 over the next seven minutes. More

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December 28, 2012 | Pacers 97, Suns 91

Indiana returned to action Friday night against a Phoenix Suns team that had dropped three in a row. The Pacers’ poor shooting in the second half allowed the Suns to erase what was at one time a 16-point deficit and take a fourth quarter lead. But David West held the team up with a couple big buckets late as the Pacers earned a 97-91 home win. The Pacers came out flat, which you might expect with six days between games. Down 8-1 early, they overcame their slow start by outscoring Phoenix 21-6 over the next seven minutes. More

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December 22, 2012 | Pacers 81, Hornets 75

It was a tale of two halves for Indiana in New Orleans. There were setbacks early—like flying on game day because of poor weather conditions—and they came out flat, but they wouldn't just roll over. Down by as many as 22, the Pacers (16-12) outscored the Hornets (5-22) 52-29 in the second half for their third-straight win, 81-75. The Pacers would prefer to forget about the first half in New Orleans. They scored just 11 points in the opening period—their second-lowest output in a quarter all season—and had seven turnovers. Meanwhile, Hornets center Robin Lopez shined, scoring seven points in a row in the second and had four blocks by halftime. More

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December 19, 2012 | Pacers 104, Jazz 84

Last time the Pacers were in Milwaukee, they were beaten from the outset and trailed by as many as 32. After that game, Frank Vogel and his coaching staff determined wholesale changes were needed. Tonight, the second time around, they turned it over too many times (20) but were in it all the way. Brandon Jennings was big late for the Bucks – scoring 11 of their last 13 points – and the Pacers fell 98-93.Turnovers were consistently a problem for the Pacers (13-12), especially in the first half. They turned it over four times in the first four minutes and nine times in the half, which led to 15 points for the Bucks (13-10). More

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December 18, 2012 | Pacers 93, Bucks 98

Last time the Pacers were in Milwaukee, they were beaten from the outset and trailed by as many as 32. After that game, Frank Vogel and his coaching staff determined wholesale changes were needed. Tonight, the second time around, they turned it over too many times (20) but were in it all the way. Brandon Jennings was big late for the Bucks – scoring 11 of their last 13 points – and the Pacers fell 98-93.Turnovers were consistently a problem for the Pacers (13-12), especially in the first half. They turned it over four times in the first four minutes and nine times in the half, which led to 15 points for the Bucks (13-10). More

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December 15, 2012 | Pacers 88, Pistons 77

The Pacers (13-11) were tested in the second game of a back-to-back in Detroit. They held a narrow lead at the end of each of the first three quarters, but broke the game wide open in the fourth to capture their third straight win, 88-77 over the Pistons (7-19). A trio of runs was the story in the opening period at the Palace of Auburn Hills. First, Detroit scored six in a row to go up 6-2 in the first few minutes. Next, the Pacers came back with a 15-0 run carried by their defense. They had five steals in the quarter. The Pistons then answered with eight straight points and were within four, 26-22, at the end of the first. Not much changed in the second quarter. More

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December 14, 2012 | Pacers 95, Sixers 85

A big night from Indiana’s Georges—Paul George and George Hill—helped the Pacers (12-11) record their second-straight victory. Paul George scored a game-high 28 points and Hill registered his first career triple-double en route to a 95-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (12-11). Forced to go with a different lineup because of Jrue Holiday’s injury, the Sixers placed Nick Young in the starting lineup and he responded by scoring the Sixers’ first two field goals. Less than two minutes in, Coach Vogel moved Paul George over to guard Young instead than Gerald Green. More

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December 12, 2012 | Pacers 96, Cavaliers 81

Back home for two in a row, the Pacers looked to end a two-game skid against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers dominated the lane, held the Cavs to 23 points in the second half and coasted to a 96-81 victory to get back to .500. The Pacers were concerned with Kyrie Irving returning, but it was C.J. Miles – inserted into the starting lineup in place of Daniel Gibson for the second straight night – that burnt the Pacers in the first quarter. Anderson Varejeo connected on two free throws and then Miles went off for 16 points in a row for the Cavs, double his season average entering tonight’s game. With 1:38 left in the opening quarter, Ben Hansbrough checked in, his first appearance in 10 games. The Cavaliers led 29-25 at the end of the first. More

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December 9, 2012 | Pacers 93, Thunder 104

Indiana played Oklahoma City, the NBA’s hottest team, and was close to picking up their biggest win of the season. They came within three with just over five minutes to play but the Thunder finished them off with a 10-2 run for a 104-93 victory. David West liked his matchup and demanded the ball early and often. Going against Serge Ibaka, West scored a quick 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Pacers were up 20-15 with just over two minutes remaining and that’s where the tide turned early. The Thunder outscored the Pacers 10-2, nine from Kevin Martin off the bench, and they held a 25-22 after one. Oklahoma City later used a 12-2 run to push their lead to 13, 45-32. More

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December 7, 2012 | Pacers 89, Nuggets 92

It was a battle of two teams moving in opposite directions Friday night. The Pacers had won four of their last five whereas the Denver Nuggets had dropped four of five. The Nuggets went on a 10-0 run late and George Hill's 3-pointer at the buzzer didn't drop and they escaped with a 92-89 win. The Pacers jumped out to a 12-2 lead, scoring 12 in a row and forcing Nuggets head coach George Karl to take a timeout. The Nuggets attacked inside and crashed the boards, responding later with a 12-5 run just before George Hill drained a three to close the first quarter and give the Pacers a 28-22 lead. The big story in the first half was production in the paint for the visitors. Denver’s first 24 points were scored in the lane and 30 of their first 33 points in the opening two quarters. More

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December 5, 2012 | Pacers 99, Trailblazers 92

Returning home for four of the next five games, the Indiana Pacers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers, who were wrapping up a seven-game road trip, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After a tight first-half, the Pacers (10-9) used a big third quarter spurt to build a cushion. The Blazers (8-11), however, challenged in the fourth, getting to within four, but the Pacers held them off and came out with a 99-92 win. David West scored the first basket of the game but the Pacers were sloppy on their next nine possessions, which consisted of three turnovers and six-straight misses, including a couple as the shot clock expired. More

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December 4, 2012 | Pacers 80, Bulls 76

The Pacers wrapped up a four-game road trip in Chicago against their division rival for the first time this season. As both teams were without their best player, the question was who would pick up the slack. Tuesday, it was Paul George for the Pacers as he carried them to a big 80-76 road win. Bulls (8-8) forward Carlos Boozer scored the first four points of the game, but the Pacers (9-9) scored the next 10. Paul George, coming off a scoreless night in Golden State on Saturday, contributed 10 of the Pacers' first 16 points. At the end of the first period, the Pacers were ahead 20-18, but only shot 30 percent from the field. More

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December 1, 2012 | Pacers 92, Warriors 103

Indiana went into Golden State on the second night of a back-to-back looking to string three wins together against California opponents. The Warriors (10-6) fell behind early, but received big contributions from their frontcourt for a 103-92 win over the Pacers (8-9).The Pacers went ahead 16-11 early with guard Lance Stephenson contributing eight points, his only points of the night. Stephen Curry picked up two fouls less than three minutes in, but he was still effective as Warriors Coach Mark Jackson kept him on the floor. The Warriors fought back to tie the game at 20 after one period and carried the momentum into the next quarter. More

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November 30, 2012 | Pacers 97, Kings 92

Coming off an emotional win over the Lakers on Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers wanted to avoid a letdown against the Sacramento Kings, a team that's in the Western Conference cellar. With a 97-92 win, the Pacers (8-8) now get back to a .500 record, record their fourth win in five games and sweep their season series with the Kings (4-11). The Pacers came out with energy and brought the pressure on defense, holding the Kings scoreless for six minutes and they jumped out to an early 18-7 lead. That lead turned out to be their biggest of the game. A Pacers 12-0 run ended with just over two minutes to play in the first when the Kings brought subs in off the bench. More

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November 27, 2012 | Pacers 79, Lakers 77

Opening a weeklong West Coast trip in LA, the Pacers were seeking a quality road win to jumpstart their season. Kobe Bryant was a game-time decision after he missed shootaround with flu-like symptoms. In spite of the illness, he went off for 40 points, more than half the Lakers' total, but it wasn't enough. George Hill scored the Pacers' final four points, including a game-winning floater over Dwight Howard and the Pacers left the Staples Center with a win for the third straight year, 79-77. More

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November 23, 2012 | Pacers 97, Spurs 104

The Pacers (6-8) had many reasons to feel good about their play Friday night against the Spurs, but how they finished wasn't one of them. Their 17-point third quarter lead evaporated as the Pacers went ice-cold from the field, missing their final 14 shots to end the game. The Spurs improved to 10-3 after a gritty 104-97 road win. The Spurs started out as hot as the Pacers finished cold. For Tony Parker, it took almost 11 minutes and eight shots before he finally missed. After going down 22-14, the Pacers outscored the Spurs 11-6 to close the quarter and come within three, 28-25. More

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November 21, 2012 | Pacers 115, Hornets 107

Yet to string back-to-back wins together on the season, this was a perfect opportunity for the Indiana Pacers: The New Orleans Hornets were in town, after just playing Tuesday night and were losers of their last four games. Down four at halftime, Paul George carried the scoring load for the Pacers in the second half—recording a career-high 37 points and hitting a franchise-record nine 3-pointers—lifting the Pacers tofor a 115-107 overtime win. Opening a two-game homestand, the Pacers didn't get off to the start they would have liked. There were many empty possessions, four air-balls and four turnovers in the first period. More

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November 19, 2012 | Pacers 96, Wizards 89

The Indiana Pacers hadn’t won on the road since their season opener back on Oct. 31st. The winless Wizards didn’t make it easy, but the Pacers got what they so desperately needed: A win, 96-89, in D.C. The Pacers jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert, playing near where he grew up and with his parents on hand, scored the first basket of the game and assisted on the next two. The Pacers then went on a 11-3 run to take their biggest lead of the half, 26-7. It was clear the Pacers were feeling good about themselves after one quarter, up 28-13 and shooting 60% from the field. More

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November 18, 2012 | Pacers 76, Knicks 88

Playing in the Big Apple, the Pacers (4-7) knew the kind of team they were up against. The Knicks (7-1) were the last unbeaten team in the NBA and have the best record in the East. In a matinée contest featuring poor shooting both ways, the Knicks defeated the Pacers 88-76. The opening quarter featured an inside clash between two-time NBA All-Star David West and five-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. West scored eight in the quarter while Anthony had 12 of New York’s 21 first-quarter points.The Pacers cold shooting got even worse in the next quarter. They started the period down three, but made only one field goal in the first eight minutes and then just two more before half, and found themselves down 41-30. More

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November 16, 2012 | Pacers 103, Mavericks 83

Unhappy with their early season struggles, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said before the game they were going to make changes to the offense: Less play calling and a faster tempo for an improved flow. The move paid off as the Pacers ended a two-game losing streak with a 103-83 home win over the Dallas Mavericks. The difference was clear right away as the Pacers jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the Mavericks. However, the Mavs came back to tie it up 24-24 at the end of the first quarter. Coach Vogel opened the second quarter with the second unit and they hung in there. Ian Mahinmi, playing against his previous team, had to go to the bench after picking up his third foul. More

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November 14, 2012 | Pacers 85, Bucks 99

Coming off a brutal home loss to the Raptors at home, the Indiana Pacers (3-6) desperately wanted to get back on the right track. Instead, they kept pounding their heads against the wall and never found a rhythm. The Milwaukee Bucks took an early lead, never trailed and ended a five-game losing streak to Indiana with a 99-85 victory.Like many previous starts, the Pacers got behind early, but couldn't find a way back this time. The Bucks (5-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and later pushed ahead 24-7 by way of a 17-2 run. Turnovers were plenty and the Bucks used it to help fire their offense. The Pacers missed 11 of their first 15 shots, then knocked down their final three of the first quarter but were already in a hole, down 33-17.The troubles continued into the second quarter. Coach Vogel, who said he was going to stick with a nine-man rotation, went deeper to his bench, bringing in Sam Young for the first time in three games in hopes of a spark. More

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November 13, 2012 | Pacers 72, Raptors 74

Fresh off a triple-overtime game last night, you would expect the Raptors to be the team to play flat. It only last a few minutes, where they turned it over on their first three possessions, resulting in seven points for the Pacers. But then, it was the Pacers that were lifeless. The Raptors went on an 18-4 run, including 10 straight, to take their first lead 18-17 on a Jose Calderon 18-foot jumper. The Raptors shifted to a 2-3 zone defense, like other teams have against the Pacers, with 90 seconds to play in the first and continued into the second period. The Pacers, looking disinterested, settled for shots and went 5-of-19 in the second stanza. The Raptors led by as many as 14 and held a 45-36 lead at the break. More

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November 10, 2012 | Pacers 89, Wizards 85

Returning home from a three-game road trip, the Pacers had some home-cooking in mind against the winless Wizards. In the ongoing search for the right combination, Lance Stephenson started over Sam Young for the Pacers third different starting lineup of the young season. A.J. Price, in his first game against his former team, immediately made a difference for the Wizards. He recorded seven assists in the first quarter and ended the night with a career-high 14. The Pacers closed the first quarter with seven straight points, including a high-flying jam from Gerald Green, and went in front 23-22. The Pacers later went on a dry spell for more than four minutes, and missed seven shots in a row. In that time, the Wizards scored nine points to go ahead 47-40. More

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November 9, 2012 | Pacers 94, Timberwolves 96

On the final game of a three game road-trip, the Pacers looked to get back to their winning ways against the Timberwolves, who were without starters Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Yet again in this young season, the game went down to the final possession when Gerald Green lost his man, Chase Budinger. The cutting Budinger got a pass from Andrei Kirilenko and laid it in with 0.8 seconds left. The play gave the Timberwolves' their fourth win of the season, 96-94.Roy Hibbert, who had been quiet the first five games of the season, tried to change that right away Friday night. On defense, he altered four Minnesota shots. Offensively, he contributed four points early but then started forcing shots and wasn't much of a factor the rest of the way. More

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November 7, 2012 | Pacers 86, Hawks 89

This one might sting for a few days. The Pacers had the game in their hands with a 14-point lead midway thru the fourth, and lost. In a game full of runs, the Hawks made a late push, outscoring the Pacers 20-3 over the final six-and-a-half minutes to escape with an 89-86 home win. David West, the veteran, came out on a mission. Going up against a big lineup that the Hawks started the game with—Josh Smith, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia—West scored eight of the Pacers' first 11 points. Josh Smith, who missed the Hawks' last game with a right ankle sprain, returned and scored their first seven while going at Sam Young. West remained the Pacers' centerpiece on offense until he picked up his second foul with 2:25 left in the first quarter and had to take a seat.More

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November 5, 2012 | Pacers 79, Spurs 101

The Indiana Pacers knew what kind of odds they were up against entering tonight's game in San Antonio. They had never won in the AT&T Center and had lost 9 straight to the Spurs. After tonight, make it 10, as the Spurs cruised to a 101-79 win to improve to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. On their first possession of the game, Tim Duncan banked in a shot in typical Duncan fashion. Paul George missed his first shot and the Pacers turned it over twice before George Hill got the team on the board with a runner. The Pacers had a 9-7 lead but then the Spurs went on a 15-3 run to go up 22-12 and never looked back. At the end of the first quarter, the Spurs led 26-18.The Pacers got off to a sluggish start in the second and dug themselves a hole early as the jump-shots weren't falling.More

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November 3, 2012 | Pacers 106, Kings 98 2OT

With gold glowing throughout Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the home opener, unlike their first two games, the Pacers got off to a strong start. They connected on six of their first eight shots and led 12-5 just 4:35 into the game. Then, the Pacers hit a dry spell, missing their final nine shots of the quarter. DeMarcus Cousins imposed his will early on against the Pacers, scoring Sacramento’s first seven points and had nine points after 12 minutes of play. The Pacers responded to a stagnant end of the first period with a new mentality: They were being aggressive and not settling for outside shots, which the Kings were giving them. More

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November 2, 2012 | Pacers 89, Bobcats 90

On the road for their second game to start the season, Indiana struggled against a Bobcats team that played gritty all night. Once again, the Pacers final shot was going to decide the game. This time, however, it was a different ending as Augustin’s three was no good. The Bobcats got off to a fast start and went up on the Pacers 12-3. They started in a zone, which slowed the Pacers and had them throwing up outside shots. Following an Indiana timeout, the Pacers went on a 12-0 run, led by 8 straight from Tyler Hansbrough, who had 12 points at the half. Reserve Sam Young went to the locker room with a right shoulder injury after playing just 20 seconds. More

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October 31, 2012 | Pacers 90, Raptors 88

The Indiana Pacers overcame sloppy play and a double-digit deficit to pick up a hard-fought win on the road 90-88 in the season-opener. Paul George scored the first two buckets of the season for the Pacers, both on aggressive moves to the basket. The Raptors then went on a 6-0 run, though Roy Hibbert quickly ended that with a big slam. Gerald Green, starting in place of injured Danny Granger, connected on the first shot he threw up, a three from the left side three minutes in. David West, matched up against Andrea Bargnani, was whistled for two quick fouls and went to the bench. More

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October 26, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 90, Bulls 97

In the final tune-up before the regular season, the Pacers faced division-rival Chicago at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The Bulls, who won both pre-season games against the Pacers last season, earned the win 97-90 in front of a sold-out crowd. Roy Hibbert scored the Pacers first six points but a quick 17-6 start by Chicago forced Frank Vogel to call timeout. The Bulls came out with more energy and it was evident right away. Danny Granger was hobbling a bit after a missed layup, struggling to push down on his injured left knee. Ben Hansbrough, playing in his first game at his alma mater in two years, first checked in five minutes into the game. More

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October 23, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 100, Cavaliers 82

Indiana went into Cleveland Tuesday with four of its five starters for the first time and came out with a quality win, 100-82. The Pacers used an early 9-0 run to take an 11-6 lead five minutes in. Danny Granger contributed in a hurry, scoring 6 points in just a few minutes. Making his preseason debut, Granger had 9 points and 3 rebounds in the 12 minutes Coach Vogel allotted. D.J. Augustin, filling in all preseason at point guard for injured George Hill (hip), was credited with six assists in his first 13 minutes of play. After trading the lead 9 times, the Pacers regained it for good, 32-31, on a Gerald Green bucket with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter and never looked back. Fouls allowed the Cavaliers to keep it close in the first half, outscoring the Pacers by 10 from the charity stripe at intermission, though they trailed 51 to 45. More

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October 20, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 83, Grizzlies 80

Playing their first back-to-back of the season, the Pacers wanted a better performance and a victory in front of the home crowd Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pacers were victorious, 83-80, in their final home preseason game. Memphis led most of the way, but the Pacers kept it close despite early shooting woes. Coming off a loss in Orlando, Coach Vogel wanted energy and ball movement. Gerald Green was the energy guy, scoring a game-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He was the only player on either side that shot the ball well (7-of-14). And when the Pacers needed a bucket late, it was Green that embraced the role and knocked it down. More

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October 19, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 96, Magic 112

The Pacers were dominated in their 112-96 loss, turning in a poor defensive performance that allowed Orlando to hit 55 percent of its field goal attempts. The Pacers' only positive stretches of play came early in the second and third periods. Other than that, they had little to offer for the cause of competition. Orlando jumped to a 13-4 lead as the Pacers hit just two of their first six shots. J.J. Redick scored six of Orlando's points.Tyler Hansbrough, who led all scorers with 23 points off the bench, led the Pacers' best surge. He converted a three-point play with 1:40 left in the first period and added a foul shot on their next possession that reduced Orlando's lead to three points. More

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October 16, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 98, Hawks 102

It was a night for the highlight reel. The Hawks’ Ivan Johnson closed the first quarter with a half-court heave to beat the buzzer and regain the lead. Paul George showed he could play that game too, nailing a three-pointer as the Pacers took a two-point lead into the locker room. Later, multiple plays finished on alley-oops as Indiana edged Atlanta 102-98 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game was back-and-forth early, featuring five ties and 11 lead changes. The Pacers' biggest lead was 13 as they controlled the game for most of the second half. Atlanta made a final push in the fourth quarter, scoring five points in a row to cut the deficit to one with 1:47 remaining, but the Pacers closed to pick up their second victory in a row. More

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October 12, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 96, Timberwolves 91

With three starters – Roy Hibbert, George Hill and Danny Granger – sitting out, the Pacers jumped to a 13-4 lead. They never trailed in the first quarter, but Minnesota opened the second period with a 13-2 run to take a 10-point lead. It led by as many as 12 points, and by 11 at halftime, as the Pacers hit just 6-of-22 shots in the quarter. Ben Hansbrough was the only first-year player to look comfortable, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds in seven minutes. An early Pacer run in the third period forced a tie, as Manhimi scored three straight field goals on layups and dunks, but Minnesota quickly regained the lead and took a 70-63 lead into the fourth quarter. More

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October 10, 2012 | Preseason | Pacers 70, Timberwolves 84

Indiana's first tune-up of the season didn’t go quite as hoped. Minnesota scored the first bucket of the game, led the majority of the way and topped Indiana 84-70. In their first preseason game of the 2012-13 campaign—held in Fargo, North Dakota—the Pacers struggled mightily offensively, both in taking care of the ball and scoring.Kevin Love scored the first bucket of the game for Minnesota, who never trailed in the final three quarters. Their largest lead was 20. The Pacers never scored more than 19 points in a quarter and they never seemed to get comfortable together on the court, partly because lineups were a bit out-of-sorts. More

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