The Indiana Pacers haven’t been in this position in almost 10 years.

Reggie Miller. Jermaine O’Neal. The player formerly known as Ron Artest. Those were the names on the minds of many during the 2003-04 season.

Fast forward nine years to this season.

The Pacers’ 4-0 road trip, which ended with a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, has them on pace for their best record — 53-29 — since going 61-21 in 2004.

The Pacers have won eight of their last nine games. They’re off until hosting Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“I think we’re shifting toward playoff mode,” Pacers swingman Paul George said. “Definitely so beating three good teams (in the Clippers, Dallas and Houston, and) Phoenix, they played great basketball on their floor. We had four challenging games on the road. I think that’s an impressive indication of a team ready for the playoffs.”

The Pacers went on the road with a 15-19 record away from the fieldhouse. Their goal is to finish at least .500 on the road. They’re at that mark with three more away games to play.

Here’s five reasons why the Pacers didn’t lose a game during the trip:
1. Roy Hibbert

Hibbert was criticized — which he agreed with — for his poor play on the offensive end of the court the first four months of the season.

But it looks like Hibbert is back at the right time.

The MVP of the trip averaged 22 points on 59 percent shooting and 10.2 rebounds in the four games.

Hibbert’s play helped ease the pressure of not having David West in the post. West missed six consecutive games with a back injury prior to returning March 28 at Dallas.
2. Good starts

Confidence has always been key for the Pacers.

They built it and it helped eased any lingering doubts about being able to beat likely playoff teams on the road.

“I think we got momentum after getting the first one (in Houston),” West said. “We knew (the Clippers game) was going to be one of our tougher games this season. We got up big (24 points). They made a run (and) got us on our heals again but we were able to hold on.”