The Indiana Pacers took a sloppy win away from their first nationally televised game of the season on Thursday night. As they welcomed Hall-of-Famer Reggie Miller and their longtime rival New York Knicks to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers proved that they can overcome an ugly game to pull out a victory. Most of the world got their first chance to see this young Indiana team do what they do, and the Pacers did not disappoint.
Indiana was looking for a ninth-straight home win in a row, which would be their longest home win streak in a decade. They were just behind New York in the Eastern Conference standings and had the chance to not only impress the people watching at home, but also Miller and his TNT broadcast crew. Indiana held New York to a season-low 76 points. The win marked the second game in a row where the Pacers held a team to their season-low in scoring. Indiana held the world champion Miami Heat to 77 points at the Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
There is still much time left in the regular season, so it’s tough to say if the Pacers will continue to roll. After some early struggles and injury battles, this team has found themselves called upon from the top to the bottom of the roster. From starters, to roll players, to bench players, the Pacers have brought the next man up when needed. The necessity has galvanized this roster, and seems to have brought them together. If Indiana can keep it together, then watch out.