Twice in a row, the Pacers flipped a game trending toward a loss into a W by continuing to grind for 48 minutes and then displaying confidence down the stretch to make winning plays.
The confidence to play together and rely on the guy next to you is building before our eyes and suddenly the Pacers are fun to watch, again. Having a few more healthy vets available at crunch time doesn't hurt, either.
One night it might be C.J. Miles, the next C.J. Watson. Down the stretch they can lean on George Hill, David West or Luis Scola when plays need to be made. A corner three, a key rebound, late-game free throws or driving in the lane and finding space for a game-winning floater over an outstretched 7-foot defender.
Along the way, all of those little plays build on each other to fortify the momentum it takes to forget the mess that was the first two and a half quarters in Charlotte and instead take a happy flight home after swiping a third consecutive win.
That confidence gets a heat check at the Fieldhouse on Monday night, when the Pacers finish a back-to-back against the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are on their own back-to-back, after losing in Toronto on Sunday night. They are also trying to earn Gregg Popovich his 1000th win in the league.
Nothing will be easy for the Pacers as they try to win their fourth straight game, but as they showed last night, turning things around requires doing things that haven't been done in some time.
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