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Pacers Links: Knicks beat Heat to nudge back ahead of Pacers in East

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The race for No. 2 in the East continues remains a wheel-to-wheel battle between the Knicks and Pacers.

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The New York Knicks moved back into second place in the Eastern Conference standings after beating the short-handed Miami Heat on Tuesday night. The Knicks and Pacers have combined to win their last 14 games while taking turns residing in second place.

Over the past week or so, when the Pacers won they took the lead by a half game, then the Knicks would win to take a percentage points lead. That back-and-forth will finally change tonight when the Knicks play the Atlanta Hawks which will give them either a full half game lead or half game deficit. The Knicks have nine games remaining while the Pacers have just seven, so the Knicks current one game lead in the loss column remains a bonus for New York.

The Hawks should be motivated after winning their last two games and remaining just one game behind Brooklyn for home court advantage in the playoffs. But the Knicks, like the Pacers, are playing at a different level right now while both teams wait for the other to falter.

Check out the links:

5 reasons the Indiana Pacers had a perfect road trip | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Three Answers Have Aided Pacers Recent Run | Pacers Blogs

Roy Hibbert Has Regained His Offensive Form | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Court Vision: Remaking the Indiana Pacer's offense and other NBA news | The Point Forward - SI.com

NBA scores: Kobe Bryant drops triple-double in huge Lakers victory - SBNation.com

Carmelo Anthony ties career high with 50 points as Knicks beat LeBron/Wade-less Heat (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo Anthony scores 50 as Knicks keep streak alive vs. Heat

Superstar whistles, irate people - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

Expansion for Seattle remains only answer in fight over Kings - SBNation.com

Mark Cuban says Mavericks could draft Brittney Griner - SBNation.com