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Pacers try to shake off loss in matchup with Nuggets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers failed in their bid to become the first Eastern Conference team with 40 wins, so they'll try again Monday versus the Denver Nuggets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers headed to Orlando riding a four-game winning streak and even possessed a 17-point lead late in the third quarter. However, the Magic, who were coming off a buzzer-beating win over Oklahoma City, stormed back with a huge run to take control for a 93-92 victory.

Indiana had a chance at the end for the win, but a well-defended Paul George saw his 18-foot attempt miss the mark. George led all scorers with 27 points and Lance Stephenson returned from injury to record 16 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which had won four in a row against the Magic.

"There was a stretch there in the third where we could have put them away. We were a little bit careless with some possessions where we could have put them away, and it was costly," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

David West (14) and George Hill (12) rounded out the double-digit scorers.

The Pacers will start a three-game homestand Monday versus Denver, Dallas and Atlanta, and have won three straight as the host. They own an NBA-best 24-2 mark at home and are outscoring opponents by 14.3 points per game as the host.

Indiana is 7-1 against the West at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Nuggets will resume their four-game road trip and fell to 0-2 on the trek following losses at New York and Detroit. The Knicks hammered the Nuggets 117-90 and the Pistons recorded a 126-109 triumph on Saturday, when Denver lost every quarter and shot 46.6 percent.

Randy Foye and Wilson Chandler scored 25 and 20 points, respectively, while J.J. Hickson added 15 points to go with 16 rebounds. The Nuggets were able to pull within 106-100 midway through the fourth quarter, but Detroit used a 10-4 burst to pull away. The Nuggets have lost seven of the last 11 games.

"As a team, as a group, we have to do a better job of fighting. We can make shots, we can hit threes, but when it comes down to getting stops, we have to do it," said Foye, who is averaging 17.2 ppg in his last 17 contests.

Nuggets point guard and leading scorer Ty Lawson (18.0 ppg) suffered a fractured rib late in the first half and did not return. He is expected to miss Monday's game.

Denver is 10-14 away from the Mile High City and will close the trip Wednesday against Minnesota.

The Nuggets have given up at least 100 points in seven straight games and are 28th in the NBA in opponents' scoring (103.9 ppg). They defeated Indiana 109-96 on Jan. 25 at the Pepsi Center behind Chandler's 25 points.

Stephenson tallied 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in that one for Indiana, which has lost five in a row, seven of eight and 15 of the last 18 matchups in this series. Denver has won seven of nine games in Indy.

02/10 11:24:24 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
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y= clinched division title
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ATL 0
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CLE 0
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PIT 5
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