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Indiana Pacers beat Memphis to maintain unbeaten start

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The Indiana Pacers are the only undefeated team left in the NBA and have enjoyed their best start in franchise history. The Pacers have won all of their last eight outings and don't look as though they intend to slow down.

The latest win for the Pacers came against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday evening. It was a good contest from the beginning, however the Pacers never looked like they were going to give the lead away.

They increased their seven-point lead at half time to 16 points by the end of the game. 23-year-old Lance Stephenson recorded his career first triple-double and led his team to the win. He scored 13 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and recorded 12 assists.

One of the most important factors behind Indiana's success is that they are so good all around the court and not just one man controls their offence. Yes, Paul George is the team's star, however he does not control it every night.

On offence everyone contributes, from George and the starters to Luis Scola and the bench. Head Coach Frank Vogel has so many options on offence and it helps him to decide how he's going to get points. On defence, the Pacers aren't very different. They are still one of the best teams in the league.

Roy Hibbert is the main man that keeps the Pacers in the game defensively. His presence improves everyone else around him as there's just something about knowing there is such a great player behind you that gives you more confidence when defending someone on the perimeter.

It took the Pacers 16 games to get to eight wins last season and they haven't started a season with five straight wins for 42 years.

The Pacers have had their best ever start. George is a man to thank for that, but he isn't the only one. All the way from George and Hibbert to the rookie Solomon Hill, the Pacers are a very cohesive unit and are looking strong.

Look out NBA, here come the Pacers.

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