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Pacers pull away to beat struggling Magic 95-73

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 12:10am  ET

MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers broke out of their funk Tuesday night.

Now they just have to play good basketball.

The second-best team in the Eastern Conference got 19 points from Paul George and 14 points and 14 rebounds from Tyler Hansbrough, leading the Pacers to a 95-73 rout over struggling Orlando.

It's just what Indiana needed after losing two of its last three games and, surprisingly, two of its last three at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, too.

"I feel like if we continue to play the way we played today then we can be a tough team to beat," George Hill said after scoring 14 points. "We know the offense will come. I feel like we played a complete game today. "

It was the perfect remedy.

After losing two straight to the Lakers and 76ers last weekend, the Pacers (42-26) rebounded by sweeping a back-to-back against two inferior opponents, Cleveland and Orlando. The win gives Indiana a five-game lead over Chicago in the Central Division and a three-game lead over New York for the No. 2 seed in the East.

And despite a sluggish start and the absence of two starters, Indiana made this one look easy. David West, the Pacers' second-leading scorer, missed the game with a sprained lower back. Danny Granger also sat out again with a sore left knee.

But against a team shooting as poorly as Orlando, it didn't matter.

Hansbrough replaced West, making only his second start of the season and delivered by grabbing nine offensive rebounds and making 6 of 7 free throws in 27
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