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February 21, 2014

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Gary Harris had 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23, and the two combined to make 10 3-pointers for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3), who made 13 3s in the first half.

“It was impressive,” Painter said. “I think they showed their ceiling offensively.”

Pacers trade Grangerto 76ers for Turner

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more bold move before Thursday’s trading deadline.

Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana sent Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round draft pick to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen.

The teams confirmed the deal late Thursday after the NBA’s league office approved it. The draft pick originally belonged to Golden State.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.

Indiana now adds two young forwards — players who could help them as they attempt to dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title. But they had to give up Granger, a fan favorite who was once considered the face of the franchise.

“We thank Danny for his 8½ seasons with us and we appreciate everything he did for us in his time here,” president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. “We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench. In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring.”

Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month — Bynum, Turner and Allen — in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami. The Pacers already have the best record in the East (41-13) and lead the Heat by two games in the chase for home-court advantage.

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