Pacers Links: Pacers grind out another win against Knicks

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Armed with the confidence they can slow down any team in the NBA, the Pacers are finding ways to win and making the Fieldhouse fun.

The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks to win their ninth consecutive home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Now, if those W's were babies, they'd have a face only a mother could love, but I have to admit that winning style is starting to turn into a thing of beauty that has the Fieldhouse rocking.

After shutting down the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, two teams accustomed to filling up the stat sheet, the Pacers have bolstered their reputation for locking down teams on the defensive end. They've also booster their place in the Eastern Conference standings.

With the Miami Heat taking another loss on the road at Portland on Thursday, the Pacers remain in third place just two game behind the defending champs for the top spot in the East. Considering Danny Granger is still out, George Hill has been hurt or sick for the better part of the last two weeks, Roy Hibbert continues to struggle on offense and David West is mired in his own offensive slump the results are becoming ridiculous.

The first quarter against the Knicks was so painful to watch as both teams struggled to finish on the offensive end. It was perfect for Twitter because the jokes wrote themselves. But then I looked at the scoreboard with two minutes left in the quarter and the Pacers were up 14-12. Suddenly I realized the Pacers were sitting right in their comfort zone and had dragged yet another opponent into a grind-out game.

Then in the fourth quarter, winning time with Reggie Miller on hand, Ian Mahinmi and Paul George made winning plays on offense while the defense held the Knicks to 16 points. Simply beautiful.

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