Emerging star giving boost to Pacers

Finally, after a series of fits and starts, bad luck and downright bad play, the Indiana Pacers have their playoff act together.

Granted, they’re not in yet. But at the rate they’re going, it’s virtually a forgone conclusion.

Winners of 11 of their past 14 games and 17 of their past 24, the Pacers (21-14) have quietly become powerbrokers in the Eastern Conference. They have a half-game edge against Chicago for the Central Division lead and boast the third-best record in the East.

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