INDIANAPOLIS, March 28 (UPI) -- Troy Murphy, returning to action after suffering from strep throat, scored 21 points Friday in helping the Indiana Pacers get past New Jersey 123-115.
Indiana kept pace with Atlanta in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers trail the Hawks by 2 1/2 games after Atlanta's victory over Chicago Friday.
Danny Granger led the Pacers in scoring with 26 points and Indiana made 14 of 25 three-point shots to halt a two-game losing streak. Mike Dunleavy made five of six from long range and scored 19 points.
Indiana opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run that put the Pacers in front 102-93. After New Jersey made it a one possession game with four minutes to go, Indiana again pulled away and made its last six free throw attempts to ensure the victory.