Victory at Garden impressive, but Indiana can’t let up now

Sooner or later, the Indiana Pacers were going to have win at Madison Square Garden to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Well, the Pacers did it sooner — demonstrating in Game 1 a clear ability to reach the East championship.

The timing is significant, because the Pacers scarcely resembled East finalists heading into the semis. Though they bounced Atlanta in the first round, they didn’t exactly dominate getting it done.

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