Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Central Division96.7 (3rd)92.3 (2nd)
Eastern Conference10th2nd

Pacers extend playoff cushion

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The Pacers are picking up steam at the right time.

The Pacers, who have had a difficult taking advantage of opportunities, didn't blow their chance at pushing the Bobcats further behind them when they blew them out by 23 points in Charlotte on Wednesday.

"We approached this game with a playoff mentality because we knew we were going to get their best shot," Danny Granger said. "That was the type of intensity we had throughout."

The Pacers lead Charlotte and Milwaukee, which lost to Sacramento, by three games for the eighth and final playoff spot with 10 games remaining in the season.

"We knew what had to be done," Roy Hibbert said. "I think we did a good job. We came out poised and we handled our business."

Now the Pacers need to avoid having a letdown. Their next two games are against teams with a losing record -- Sacramento and Detroit.

"We really can't be content," Hibbert said. "We have to make sure we keep working and getting better. Sometimes we've had success in the past and it's gotten to our heads, and we come out sluggish."

PACERS 111, BOBCATS 88: The Pacers used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to blow open the game and go up by 17 points to push their lead over the Bobcats to three games in the Eastern Conference playoff race. F Danny Granger led the Pacers with 33 points. F Tyler Hansbrough, playing in front of a lot of University of North Carolina fans, had 24 points in 31 minutes.

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