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Friday, December 20th (All times Eastern)

Houston Rockets (17-9) at Indiana Pacers (20-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers are in the midst of their first losing streak all season, but will try and get back into the win column Friday night when the Houston Rockets come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers should get some reinforcements in an effort to end the skid.

Danny Granger, a former All-Star with a career scoring average of 18.1 points per game, is expected to play on Friday. He missed the entire season with a strained left calf and sat all but five games last season thanks to a knee injury.

"I'm still probably going to forget a few plays in the game. I'm still probably going to have some mishaps that's uncharacteristic of me but I'm a lot better than I was a week ago," said Granger, who is expected to come off the bench for the foreseeable future.

The Pacers have dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season, starting with their first home setback Monday against the Detroit Pistons, and culminating with Wednesday's loss to an arch rival, the Miami Heat.

Indiana blew a seven-point lead with 3:20 remaining to fall to Miami, 97-94 in South Beach.

"We knew they were going to make a run," Paul George said. "We just didn't rally."

George finished with 25 points, eight boards and six assists for the Pacers, while David West poured in 23 points in defeat. Lance Stephenson was the only other Indiana player in double digits with 13 points.

It was an off night for Roy Hibbert, the man who dominated the paint both offensively and defensively when the Pacers beat the Heat last week. He picked up his fifth foul early in the third, which helped hold him to six points, and allow the Heat 50 points in the paint.

Things don't get easier for Hibbert on Friday with Dwight Howard coming to town.

"It'll be a tough game against the best center in the league right now," Hibbert said of Howard. "He's going to be a handful. I just have to keep him out of easy points and no easy dunks for him. It's going to be a big test for me."

The Rockets are a formidable test, although, injuries have hit them hard. Jeremy Lin missed the last two with a back injury and James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones, all starters, are far from healthy.

Omer Asik is not healthy either, battling a thigh contusion. The bigger story with Asik has to do with any impending trades, as his name has been the most prominent in rumor mills.

The Rockets set a self-imposed deadline of Thursday to move Asik, and he's not in a Celtics or 76ers jersey, so it appears head coach Kevin McHale may have to work him back when he's healthy.

"I know (Rockets General Manager) Daryl (Morey) was working the phones and talking to people and stuff and sometimes it just doesn't work out," McHale told the team's website. "I think Omer understands that. I'm looking forward to getting Omer healthy, I'm looking forward to getting Jeremy healthy, I'm looking forward to getting our team healthy and getting us together as a group and putting some games under our belt."

Houston has won two of its last three and four of its last six. The Rockets most recent win came Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls, 109-94 in Houston.

Howard led five Rockets in double figures with 23. Harden and Parsons chipped in 19 apiece.

The Pacers have taken three straight against Houston and are 5-2 in their last seven against the Rockets in Indianapolis.

12/20 10:21:23 ET

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Saturday, April 19Full Scoreboard
Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State242nd Qtr | Box
LA Clippers29ESPN, YES, TSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Atlanta 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Indiana ABC
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Memphis 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City ESPN, FSN-OK
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

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
 
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 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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
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Final
WAS 3
STL 4
 
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
9th
DET 5
ANA 1
 
8th
BOS 4
BAL 2
 
6th
KAN 5
MIN 4
 
5th
CHC 3
CIN 0
 
1st
OAK 0
HOU 0
 
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PIT
MIL
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NYM
ATL
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TAM
NYY
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MIA
SEA
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TEX
CWS
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LOS
ARI
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COL
PHI
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SDP
SFG
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
2nd
LAC 29
GSW 24
 
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IND
ATL
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OKC
MEM
1st Intermission
STL 2
CHI 0
 
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PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
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