Vogel to use regular starters against Thunder

Frank Vogel and the Pacers are battling the Miami Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Sunday that he will use his regular starters Sunday against Oklahoma City.

Vogel benched all of five of his starters Wednesday at Milwaukee, saying his team looked worn down and needed rest. The starters returned to the court in Friday night's loss at Miami.

But less than two hours before Sunday's tip, Vogel said he would not bench anyone against the Thunder.

Miami lost Saturday night at Atlanta, dropping them into a tie with Indiana atop the Eastern Conference standings and giving the Pacers the inside track to the top seed because they own the tiebreaker based on a better conference record.

Oklahoma City can lock up the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with a win at Indiana.

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