The Indiana Pacers' five-game winning streak came to end Friday, but they'll get a chance to get back on track against a team they've beaten in nine straight meetings.
The Washington Wizards they'll face Saturday night, though, are hardly the same club they last saw three months ago.
The Pacers try again to clinch their first Central Division title in nine years Saturday night, but to do so they'll have to end the Wizards' eight-game home winning streak.
Indiana (48-28) had won eight of nine heading into Friday's visit from Oklahoma City, but it failed to take advantage of a chance to claim its first Central crown since 2003-04. The Pacers trailed by one at the half and five after three quarters, but were outscored 25-8 in the final 12 minutes in a 97-75 loss to a Thunder team that arrived in Indianapolis at 4 a.m.
"Our goal above all else was to win the division, so we have to regroup tonight, prepare tomorrow for Washington, which has been playing tough at home, and go out and...