On Monday night, the Indiana Pacers finished up the final game of a four-game Western Conference road trip. The Pacers escaped the Staples Center by the skin of their teeth, with a narrow 109-106 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. Monday’s win marked a clean sweep of all four Western Conference road games in a row, which was the first time Indiana had done so since March of 2004.
The Pacers have now won five games in a row, and eight of their last nine games overall. The victories did not come easy, and Indiana did not look too solid the entire time. Against the Clippers, Indiana let an early 24-point lead dwindle down to two points. Last Monday, Indiana pulled out a home win against the Atlanta Hawks, after nearly losing a 28-point lead. Against the Houston Rockets last Wednesday, Indiana almost started their road trip with a loss, after nearly blowing a 19-point lead. The fact that the Pacers are letting these leads go, is still not as important as the fact that they have had the drive to get them in the first place, and that they have regrouped for the victory.
The win on Monday night once again put Indiana back into the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers now are a season-high 21 games over .500, and are two games away from winning their first Central Division title since the 2004 season.
The Pacers finally get to head back home on Friday, when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.