The Indiana Pacers won their 13th consecutive game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse when they ran the Miami Heat out to the gym on Friday night. The win moved the Pacers to 18-3 at home for the season, a record that will get another strict test on Monday when the Chicago Bulls visit BLF.
Prior to the game, Frank Vogel joked that his team's goal at home is to lose just three games this season, but also referenced reading about the 1986 Boston Celtics in Bill Simmons' "The Book of Basketball" as an example of true home dominance. The '86 champs were 40-1 at the Boston Garden that season so Vogel used that standard to avoid saying his team was dominant at home.
Still, the Pacers have the same home record as the Heat, with only San Antonio and Oklahoma City faring better on their home court. That's some elite company to keep regardless of how you define dominant. The Pacers have plenty of room for improvement on the road to raise their level of elite play. But with seven of their next eight games at home, including five against heavy competition, the Pacers have a chance to build on the Miami win and fortify their spot among the top teams in the East.
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