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The offense is starting to come around. The Pacers have scored more than 100 points in four of their past five games.

“I think we’re definitely moving in the positive direction because everybody is starting to click,” Granger said. “We’ve always been a pretty good defensive team, but now, we’re starting to get things going on the offensive end.”

Brandon Rush and Mike Dunleavy are both averaging 11.5 points while splitting shooting guard duties.

Second-year player Tyler Hansbrough has given the Pacers a spark since moving into the starting lineup. He’s averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds and is shooting 48 percent from the field in seven starts.

Coach Jim O’Brien has added rookie forward Paul George to the rotation, and he has produced as well.

“You’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” Ford said. “Those guys stayed patient. That’s one thing that’s hard to do in this league is be patient, then produce when your name is called.”

The Pacers, though disappointed, feel that a postseason bid is within their grasp.

“We’ve got teams right behind us, so every time we come out on the court, we know it’s an important game for us to be able to get into the playoffs,” Rush said. “We take it really seriously.”