While many Pacers fans cringe with each late-season victory, the team is intent on finishing the year strong – and they are doing just that.

Jim O'Brien has the Pacers back on track ... unfortunately the turnaround comes about three months too late.

With a 102-95 victory over visiting Sacramento Tuesday, Indiana has now won six of its last seven contests.

“Chemistry the last month has been great,” Pacers forward Troy Murphy said. “We just want to finish this out with a strong edge.”

With the Pacers officially out of playoff contention, each victory hurts their odds in the upcoming draft lottery, but the team is focused on improvement – and that is exactly what head coach Jim O’Brien is seeing.

“We’re finding each other – over the last 10 games we’re over 24 assists a game and just about 10 threes,” O’Brien said. “It’s hard to beat a team when they are making threes and distributing the basketball.”

The Pacers trailed the Kings by 15 points in the first half but opened the third quarter on a 22-4 run and coasted to victory. Indiana tallied 25 assists and shot 12-of-26 from beyond the arc.

Granger poured in a game-high 33 points, with 25 coming in the second half. It was the fifth time in six games he has scored at least 30 points.

Three other Pacers finished in double figures – Troy Murphy had 19 points and Roy Hibbert and Earl Watson each scored 10.

Ime Udoka and Beno Udrih scored 18 points apiece to lead the Kings, while Tyreke Evans and Carl Landry finished with 17 each.

It was Indiana’s eighth-straight victory at home, the team’s longest home winning streak since the 2003-04 season. Five of the Pacers’ final seven games are at home.

“We continue a very nice run at home,” O’Brien said. “Eight wins in a row. It’s great to establish a nice homecourt advantage.”

The Pacers (28-47) currently have the 10th worst record in the NBA, which would give them just a 4 percent chance of landing a top-three pick if the season ended today.

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