The Indiana Pacers may have had their fair share of ups and downs so far this season, but they have recently gotten very tough to beat at home. This young team has begun to feed well off of their crowd at home, ever since their surprise run in last year’s playoffs. Indiana made the second round of the playoffs last season, marking the first time they had done so in nearly a decade. Indiana’s season was shut down, after a fiery playoff series against the Miami Heat.
On Tuesday, the Pacers welcomed the world champions back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, for the first time since Miami ended their season last year. The game was only the second sellout for Indiana so far this season, with the obligatory contingent of fair-weather Heat fans sprinkled around the arena.
The return match with Miami was one of the most important games Indiana has played this year, and the Pacers decided that they were going to make a statement. Indiana defeated the champs 87-77, racking up an eighth-straight win at home. Indiana’s current home winning streak is their longest since the 2009-10 season.
Even though the Pacers still rank near the bottom of the league in home attendance, the Indiana faithful have rallied around this young upstart squad, helping cheer their team to a 13-3 record at the Fieldhouse this season. Coming to play at Indiana is quickly becoming tough territory once again for opposing teams. If the Pacers can keep making statements such as this, then they will quickly become a dangerous team to play anywhere.