Pacers Links: Pacers fall victim to NBA schedule but still win

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

After a pitiful first half performance the Pacers dug down and found away to beat the Hornets to earn some much deserved rest.

The Indiana Pacers overcame their circumstances to gut out a comeback win over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

The excuses were lined up like bargain hunters at Wal-Mart on Black Friday. Fourth game in five days. Back-to-back road games. Looking ahead to three off days and time with family. Opponent desperate to win a game.

In reality, the Pacers did fall victim to all of those issues. They gave up 28 points to New Orleans in the second quarter and only score 29 point in the first half. But just when it looked like they had packed it in, the Pacers rose up and finished off the full 48 minutes to earn what turned into an unlikely win.

In doing so, the picked up a game on Chicago and Milwaukee as both teams lost their back-to-back games on Saturday after big wins on Friday. The Pacers and Bulls are now essentially tied atop the Central Division which will add a little extra zip to Indiana's next game when they host Chicago on Wednesday.

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