April 16, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Indiana Pacers wrapped up their first top seed in the Eastern Conference in 10 years despite not looking the part for more than a month.
Before turning their attention to the playoffs, they'll again rest many of their starters in Wednesday night's regular-season finale against the Orlando Magic.
Indiana (55-26) is a game ahead of Miami, but is assured a first-place finish after LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out the Heat's 21-point loss to Washington on Monday. The Pacers, who are locked into a first-round series with eighth-place Atlanta, own the tiebreaker over Miami by virtue of a better record against conference foes.
"We set our goal at the beginning of the season, and we accomplished the job," Lance Stephenson said. "Now we've got to take it to the next level and finish the job."