Indiana (37-15) at Atlanta (19-33)

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  • Game info: 6:00 pm EST Sun Feb 16, 2003
  • TV: WTTV
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ATLANTA (TICKER) —The Indiana Pacers try to complete a sweep of a home-and-home series with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday when they open a four-game road trip at Philips Arena.

The Pacers extended their winning streak to three games with a 98-97 overtime victory against the Hawks at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday. Reggie Miller scored 26 points and Jermaine O’Neal added 16 and 19 rebounds as Indiana won for the 11th time in the last 15 meetings between the teams.

Glenn Robinson scored 21 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 21 and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost four straight games on the heels of a three-game winning streak.

The Pacers have won four of their last five games and eight of their last 11. They are trying to win four in a row for the first time since a January 22-27.

Indiana has won six of its last 11 games away from Conseco Fieldhouse and is 13-12 on the road. It is one of only two teams in the Eastern Conference - and six in the NBA - that is better than .500 on the road.

Miller has excelled in enemy territory, leading the Pacers in scoring in each of their last four road games. O’Neal has been dominant of late, averaging 21.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.55 blocks in his last 11 games.

The Pacers are two games in front of the Detroit Pistons for the lead in the Central Division, and are 15-4 against divisional foes.

The Hawks have lost four straight games for the first time since a six-game slide from January 14-22. They are 8-17 under interim coach Terry Stotts after winning 11 of 27 games with coach Lon Kruger.

Robinson has been carrying the offensive load for Atlanta, averaging 23.9 points in his last 10 games.

The Hawks have a 71-60 lead in the all-time series with the Pacers, including 43-20 advantage in Atlanta.

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