Mar 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a play during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Lose Third Straight

Mar 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

An unforgettable night it was for the Indiana Pacers.

Coming off a deflating 87-109 loss to the Bobcats in Charlotte on Wednesday, the Pacers traveled to Texas for a two-game slate against the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

That two-game swing got off to a rough start Friday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, as the Rockets blasted Indiana right out of Houston, 112-86.

It is the first time all season the Indiana Pacers have lost three games in a row. It could possibly be the worst back-to-back performances all season, and maybe even dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

Indiana is still the best team in the NBA by record. That isn’t saying much, however, in relation to the way the Pacers have been playing of late. This may sound like a broken record to many Indiana Pacers fans, but the team started the season 16-1 after 17 games and were 33-7 after 40 contests.

They are now 46-16, still beyond respectable, albeit 13-9 in their past 22 games. None of the 13 wins have been very convincing of a team searching for a championship.

The Pacers began the night in Houston fairly well. They jumped ahead 12-10 in the opening minutes, before allowing Houston to push ahead, 27-16, at the end of the first quarter, thanks to a 17-4 run.

Indiana would rally to make things competitive early in the third quarter, trailing 47-50. Another run by the Rockets, this time 16-3, put the home team ahead for good, and by large margin.

As things unfolded for Indiana, the result was a second consecutive blowout loss on the road. Winning at home has not been much of a problem for the Pacers, as they are best in the league on their home court at 29-4. Their record on the road, 17-12, is nothing to “ooh” and “ahh” about.

All-Stars Paul George and Roy Hibbert scored 13 and 9, respectively. The duo led the charge of quiet performances from a Pacers team that never seemed to care on Friday.

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