A late rally in their last game helped the Indiana Pacers make a big jump in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Pacers will go for a third straight victory Wednesday night when they visit the lowly Washington Wizards.
Indiana (32-21), which has won seven of 10, took a half-game lead over Orlando for the third seed in the East with a 112-104 win over New York on Tuesday.
Danny Granger scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, during which Indiana outscored the Knicks 40-17 to rally from a 17-point deficit. Paul George had 12 of his 18 points in the final period.
Granger has scored 25 or more in four of his last six games, and he's 11 of 16 from 3-point range in the past two.
"It's playoff time," Granger said. "We need momentum going into these playoffs. For the first time in a lot of years, we have a really good team and can make a lot of noise."
While the Pacers tightened up their defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Knicks to 35.0 percent shooting, they gave ...