Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/10/13
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers are making believers out of their doubters. The Pacers picked up their ninth straight home victory, beating the New York Knicks 81-76 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday. Over the past 11 days, Indiana has beaten the Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and now the Knicks, all teams expected to make or compete for a playoff spot. Paul George continued to cement his spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. The Pacers' third-year forward scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ian Mahinmi came off the bench to contribute 13 points and six rebounds for the Pacers, who trail the Knicks by only 1 1/2 games for the second seed in the East. New York's J.R. Smith scored a game-high 25 points. The Knicks played All-Star forward without Carmelo Anthony, who served a one-game suspension for attempting to confront the Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett after Monday's game. The Pacers thought they got some breathing room in the third ...
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