Pacers Links: Pacers exhale, enjoy win heading into All-Star break

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The Pacers remain in third place in the East as they take a break for All-Star weekend.

The Indiana Pacers righted the ship on Wednesday after two consecutive losses at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After the pesky Charlotte Bobcats came out firing in the first quarter, the Pacers were able to overwhelm the visitors and hold them to 48 points over the final three quarters of play. The Pacers were rolling at the offensive end in the second half as well to leave a nice final impression before dispersing for the All-Star break.

My kids were at the game and remarked at how many dunks the Pacers had in the game. Indeed, the Pacers made 24 of their 41 field goals at the rim. While there were a few patented Hansbrough/Hibbert volleyball possessions at the rim, there were also plenty of clean, rim rattling finishes.

With David West missing the game due to an eye injury, Charlotte proved to be the perfect foe to set the Pacers straight heading into the break. West's absence also allowed Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Pendergraph to flash their worth on the floor by combining to more than fill the void.

Following the game, the Pacers appeared relaxed and excited like students released on the day before Spring Break begins. After reaching the All-Star break with a 32-21 record and third place standing, the Pacers earned the right to exhale and enjoy the moment for a night.

Check out the links:

Bobcats at Pacers - Box scoore

Game Rewind: Pacers 101, Bobcats 77 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers enter break on high note | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

George, Hansbrough lead Pacers over Bobcats 101-77 - AP

George’s first triple-double sparks Pacers past Bobcats | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Charlotte Bobcats lose to Indiana Pacers 101-77 | CharlotteObserver.com

George Hits a Landmark, Faces a Question | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Hansbrough, Pendergraph State Their Case | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Charlotte Bobcats at Indiana Pacers: Full coverage - Rufus on Fire

Bob Kravitz: After they've seen basketball in Indiana, how ya gonna keep 'em in Paree? | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Pound Bobcats Heading Into the All Star Break | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

The Quietly Efficient Offense of David West - The Triangle Blog - Grantland

Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls says he there is chance he won't return this season - ESPN Chicago

Hedo Turkoglu suspended 20 games for failing a steroids test | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Garnett says 2013 All-Star Game will be his last for mysterious unknown reasons - SBNation.com

Three Stars of the Night: Two All-Stars and a guy who should have been | ProBasketballTalk

Anthony unsure about All-Star game with arm injury - AP

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