Apr 17, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) pulls down a rebound during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pacers defeated the Sixers 102-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Make it Six in a Row

That’s six straight wins for the Indiana Pacers as this end of the season is setting up nicely for them to secure the third seed in the Eastern Conference, and enjoy the benefits of a home playoff series.  Danny Granger was his usual self for the past few weeks as he put up 24 points to lead the way for the Pacers as they put away the Sixers 102-97.  This was an up and down game that saw each team hold the edge at different points.  But the lead for either side never got to more than 10.  These teams meet again on Saturday night in Indiana.  Expect more of the same if the Sixers still have a shot as at the playoffs. They’ve stumbled mightily down the stretch and hold a small lead on the last playoff spot.

Danny Granger continues to impress with his play the last part of the season as he looks to be right around 20 points a game and making good shot selection.  That was something he struggled with in the beginning of the season, but things are finally coming together and he’s making shots.  Roy Hibbert deserves credit for how he’s come around as well as he looked to be off a bit after the All-Star break, but now has been right around a double double for this winning streak.  Last night, he got 15 points and 13 rebounds in the game.  It’s important for him to establish himself if the Pacers want to make some noise in the playoffs.

Paul George is another name that comes up that needs to keep performing as he looks to have found his shot.  He scored nine points, but was 3-4 on three pointers.  He needs to continue to look for his shot when he’s open and be aggressive when there’s a chance to drive down the lane.

The Pacers in this stretch of games have been over 100 points in all of them, which is nice to see they are able to put together a scoring effort.  All of the players are hitting shots at the right times, especially last night when George Hill hit a key three pointer to put the Pacers up five.  David West has come along as well to help contribute in that starting lineup.

These last five games can definitely be won by the Pacers as it’s against teams with sub par records and as their record shows this month at 10-1, they are finding that way to way those games.  It continues back up tomorrow night with a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, a team wanting to sneak into the playoffs, so the Pacers will need to bring their intensity for this game.

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