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Pacers resume road trip in Denver

(SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA-leading Indiana Pacers needed overtime to jump back into the swing of things and hope it gets easier Saturday against the Denver Nuggets in the continuation of their five-game road trip.

The Pacers dropped a 124-100 decision at Phoenix on Wednesday and rebounded two nights later with a 116-111 overtime victory in Sacramento. Paul George scored 12 of Indiana's final 17 points, including a four-point play that forced overtime. He ended with 36 points on 12-of-22 shooting.

All five starters scored in double digits for the Pacers, as Lance Stephenson posted 24 points and 10 rebounds, David West added 22 points, and both Roy Hibbert and George Hill netted 10 points. Hibbert also grabbed 11 rebounds for Indiana, which leads the NBA with a 34-8 record and is tied with Oklahoma City (34-10) for the most wins in the league.

The Kings scored 60 points in the first half and received a combined 80 points from their backcourt duo of Marcus Thornton (42) and Isaiah Thomas (38). But Sacramento was without DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay due to injuries.

"I'm proud of our guys for weathering their storm," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "Finding a way to win."

For just the sixth time this season, the Pacers allowed more than 100 points. They also improved to 24-1 versus teams below .500.

Indiana has won 14 of its last 17 games and is 2-1 on its five-game western road trip, which concludes Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pacers have a 13-7 mark outside of Indy this season.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets have dropped three in a row and four of their last five contests.

On Thursday, LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in a career-high 44 points, including eight clutch free throws in the final 1:07 to send the Portland Trail Blazers over the Nuggets, 110-105.

"Some of the fouls that we committed, just sending (Aldridge) to the line without him really having to work for it, I thought is what hurt us, especially in the fourth quarter," Denver head coach Brian Shaw said.

Wilson Chandler led six Nuggets in double figures with 18 points. Ty Lawson contributed 13 points and 11 assists but was held scoreless in the second half as Denver wasted away a big lead. Lawson has recorded 10 double-doubles in his last 11 games.

Randy Foye (14), Nate Robinson (13), Anthony Randolph (12) and J.J. Hickson (12) also scored in double figures.

Denver, done in by 22 turnovers, blew a 15-point lead.

The Nuggets visit Sacramento on Sunday, then play four straight at home.

The Nuggets, who are 11-9 in the Mile High City, have won four in a row against the Pacers and four straight meetings in Denver. Things could be different this time around because the Pacers are first in opponents' scoring, allowing just 89.7 ppg. Denver is allowing 103.0 ppg.

01/25 10:15:57 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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