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The Indiana Pacers have managed to win back - too - and earned their third straight win to start the season for the ninth time in franchise history. Malcolm Brogdon scored a career-high 35 points and Myles Turner recorded eight blocked shots as the IndianaPacers held the Milwaukee Bucks and their first-year head coach Jason Kidd to a 92-88 victory at Verizon Center.
After losing Game 2, the Pacers came to Indiana to lead a 3-1 series, but when the series shifted to Indianapolis, they took control in the first half, with George Hill leading by 20 points. When the game was moved back to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Wednesday night at the Milwaukee Bucks "home court, and when it was moved to Indiana, we looked like we were on track for a win, by a half-point 74-49. With the return of this series to Indiana, the Pacers got a big play from Paul George, who scored 37 points in a 93-90 victory.
With the Knicks leading the list of rivals, the Indiana Pacers have no rival in the NBA, and it helps that the Pacers are a better draftee in this new league. That makes them talented, but without the playoffs they would have been eliminated and would be rivals for the New York Knicks.
The Pacers came home at Indiana and the home-starved loud crowd roared for them to win the next two games, but not before a loss to the New York Knicks in Game 3.
The series shifted to Indiana for Game 3, but the Pacers missed an opportunity to take control and lost 114-96. When the series ended at Indiana, they regained possession in Game 4, winning 94-83 to regain control of the series.
The Knicks would recover with a win in Game 2, but the Pacers would emerge victorious after Patrick Ewing's shot was deflected at the last second to give them a one-point victory. When the series resumed in Indiana, its greatness prevailed, dominating the Knicks and leading them to the NBA playoffs for the first time in franchise history. That turn of events led to one of the worst seasons in franchise history and the worst in a while. It took until 1981 for the Indiana Pacers to make the NBA playoffs, in part because of a series victory over the New York Knicks.
The official team name became Indiana Pacers because one of the original ideas for the team was to have it play in-state at its Indianapolis base. The NBA first tried this in 1949, when it launched the Indianapolis Olympians, but that team disbanded after just a few seasons.
In 1967, Indianapolis became the home of the Indiana Pacers, arguably the most successful team in NBA history and the second best in the league. The Pacers' name is inspired by the harness - racing speed, the Indianapolis 500 and Indy 500.
The Pacers have struggled on the road and had ups and downs, excelling at home (7-0 at Banker's Life Fieldhouse) and away (6-8 against Indiana).
The Pacers regained control of the series, with David West scoring 24 points and Lance Stephenson adding 12 points. The Pacers won the game in overtime, even though the Pistons won the series in six games and the era came to an end with the retirement of longtime Pacers Reggie Miller after 18 seasons. But the Pacers "legend lives on, and the jersey of former coach and Hall of Famer Bobby Knight hangs in the rafters of Banker's Life Fieldhouse, just yards from the three pointers - style three - fired by ReggieMiller. And the only coach in Indiana Pacers history to be honored with a retirement number is Bobby.
Brown was on the NBA blacklist and working for General Motors when the Pacers called. Parrent hails from Indiana, where he grew up as a Pacers fan in Evansville and forgot his MBA from the University of Southern Indiana. He returned to Indiana, where he finally earned his MBA after a brief stint as assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers gained momentum and went 11-4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in March to clinch the Central Division title. The Oakland Oaks defeated the Pacers in the final game of the season to win the ABA championship for the second time and advance to the playoffs.
After a 40-12 record at the All-Star break, the Pacers looked to be improving when they sent Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. It was a move that apparently angered Indiana, which in turn brought Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pacers gave fans in Indiana something to remember as the series shifted to Indiana for Memorial Day Weekend - stopping wins, including Reggie Miller's three-point shot with 2.7 seconds left in Game 4 and a game-winner against the New York Knicks. Game 5 would be won by the Knicks, but that series still belonged to Indiana, which won with a dominant rebounding performance from Roy Hibbert with 12 boards and Lance Stephenson as the big man with 25 points.