Part of the Pacers residing among the elite teams in the NBA is pulling out wins on the road the way they did on Wednesday night in New Orleans.
How many times did we see a similar situation play out the other as the Pacers went through the painful rebuilding process? Remember those games when the Pacers would look dominant through three quarters only to finish with a whimper as a more experienced team would swoop in and swipe the W?
The Pelicans have a ton of young talent to be excited about (Seriously, Anthony Davis and those one-step, 18-foot drives to the hoop were ridiculous. No Euro step. No crab dribble. Just a bounce and by you. Wow!) and they played well enough to win but just couldn't close the deal. When the experienced Pacers sensed the 'Cans' weakness, the boys in blue seized the opportunity down the stretch to find a way to win.
The Pacers upgraded a 'pretenders' effort to a 'contenders' status by closing out the Pelicans like champs. Even sweeter, the Heat dumped a road game in Phlly which is like two losses in the East. Every game, win or lose, is critical to the battle for home-court advantage.
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