What happened? After roaring to a 14-2 start, the Pacers were sitting atop the East at the break. Three straight wins coming out of All-Star Weekend ran their record to 37-15.
And then, the tailspin. They lost 12 of 13. They lost to good teams and bad. They lost squeakers and blowouts. They lost ugly and uglier. All of a sudden, they were stumbling toward the playoffs and looking very much like a team primed for another first-round exit (see 2001, 2002).
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