Pacers crank up intensity after All-Star break in preparation for tough second half



INDIANAPOLIS

Despite a few stumbles, the Indiana Pacers have deftly maintained season-long control of the Eastern Conference.

They have, in fact, owned the NBA’s best record most of the year — no easy accomplishment with Miami, Oklahoma City and San Antonio within constant striking distance.

But with the All-Star break in their wake, the real work begins.

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