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Improved health and veteran experience are helping the Pacers come together at crunch time of late to find a way to win.

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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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Check out the links:

Pacers at Hornets - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 103, Hornets 102 | Indiana Pacers

Game Preview: Pacers vs Spurs | Indiana Pacers

Pacers rally again, win fourth in five games

‘Disorganized’ Charlotte Hornets fall to Indiana Pacers 103-102 | CharlotteObserver.com

Hill breathing life into Pacers | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Charlotte Hornets lose to the Indiana Pacers 102-103 on a game winner by George Hill - At The Hive

Indiana Pacers Beat Charlotte Hornets on George Hill Heroics

Donnie Walsh Statement on Dean Smith | Indiana Pacers

Raptors deny Popovich 1,000th career win - San Antonio Express-News

Players, coaches reflect as Popovich nears 1,000 - San Antonio Express-News

Poor shooting Spurs lose late to the Raptors - Pounding The Rock