Post-Game Grades: Pacers Stomp Bucks
‘Twas the best of times, ’twas the worst of times. So goes the Pacers’ weekend.
They couldn’t have looked worst against Boston last night and haven’t looked much better than they in the second half tonight against Milwaukee.
The Pacers led by 5 points at the break, but the Bucks quickly erased their deficit in the opening minutes of the third quarter, even pulling in front 53-52 at the 10-minute mark. But Indiana regained the lead on the following possession and never looked back.
The defense was staunch the rest of the way, surrendering just 21 points over the final 18 minutes of the game. The Bucks made just 7-of-29 (24.1%) shots while committing 6 turnovers during that stretch.
The Pacers didn’t do a ton of scoring themselves after half time, but when they play that world-class defense they don’t really have to.
|David West, PF 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +17Another rough shooting night, but made some crafty passes that led directly to buckets.|
|Paul George, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | +13Paul George can have an off night and grab 9 boards these days.|
|Roy Hibbert, C 30 MIN | 8-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 15 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +7Whoa. Who was the guy in the Roy Hibbert jersey. Best game of the year? That block was fantastic.|
|George Hill, PG 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +6Penetrated and ran the offense well throughout the first half. Never miss a game again.|
|Lance Stephenson, SG 23 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14Was in attack mode early and still put up some good numbers despite missing half of this first rotation due to foul trouble.|
|Tyler Hansbrough, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-8 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +1Bundle of energy. Got his own rebound on a missed free throw. Would be nice if he didn’t miss five of those though.|
|Jeff Pendergraph, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4There he is.|
|Gerald Green, SF 18 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +5Really didn’t realize he shot that badly. Didn’t seem to be forcing things.|
|Ian Mahinmi, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +11Meh.|
|Ben Hansbrough, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3Garbage time.|
|D.J. Augustin, PG 21 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +13It’s a wonder what gaining a little confidence can do.|
|Orlando Johnson, SG 11 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -5His first meaningful minutes as a pro have come this weekend, and while he looks like a lost rookie on defense, he had some impressive moves on the other end.|