The first week of February was a wild one for the Indiana Pacers. Not only did the Pacers face the NBA’s only set of three games in three nights this season, they turned out four games in five nights. When it was all said and done, the Pacers played five games in the first eight days of February, and came within a last-second overtime shot from winning all five of them.
The Pacers began this wild stretch by defeating the world champion Miami Heat on February first. One of the few ESPN home games for Indiana this season, the Pacers looked good on the national stage, defeating the Heat 102-89. Indiana got two days to rest, before getting ready to face their back-to-back-to-back. The Pacers continued to roll, rising to a challenge that no other team in the league had to deal with this season. Indiana won all three games, but only had one day off, before playing another game on Friday.
The Pacers returned home on Friday, February 8th, attempting to keep the streak of wins alive. In the end, Indiana fell short, losing a 100-98 nail-biter in overtime to the Toronto Raptors. The winning streak came to a climactic close, and Indiana now find themselves trying to start a new streak at the start of next week. No shame should be felt from how this run ended for Indiana. Rather, this team should be credited for how they held up under such extreme conditions. The Pacers still haven’t had much time to rest since Friday’s loss, but the definitely deserved the rest that they got.