Post-Game Grades: Pacers Heat Up Cold Night with Win Over Raptors
DeMar DeRozan played some very good basketball all came and Patrick Patterson sprang to life in the final quarter — and that was enough to allow Toronto to crawl their way back into this one.
It certainly didn’t help that Luis Scola, Danny Granger and Paul George combined for a few sloppy blunders late in a game where Indiana often chose sloppy possessions in favor of scoring during a late, key stretch.
But the Pacers did the earlier work to mount a lead that was too big to overcome for yet another opponent that couldn’t even muster 80 points. Overall, the defense was stout (with Toronto shooting just 37.0%) and the whole rotation contributed.
Other than avenging their recent loss to these extinct oversized lizards, Indiana also watched Granger play one of his better games of the year. He did more than just make shots, getting inside the arc and playing some good position defense. His 13 points matched his season high, and this marks his fifth straight game in double digits.
More than anything, this was just another good example of the Pacers handling their business on their home floor against an inferior squad. As they do.
|David West, PF 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +4
Just 6 FGAs is odd, but he was making some nice passes even if the assist numbers don’t show it. Ate glass and kept the ball moving well.
|Paul George, SF 28 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -8
More “Yikes” results from the floor and didn’t get all his minutes (some foul trouble, Granger playing well), but he made two nice iso moves late to earn points that proved critical. And his defense was his defense; his work staying glued to his man was the leading factor in Indiana stiffling several fourth-quarter possessions.
|Roy Hibbert, C 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 12-13 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +17
He looked like Hakeem Olajuwon down low at least once and was generally nimble with his footwork. Made some jumpers, altered a bunch of Toronto drives and ate at the line. Getting it done everywhere.
|George Hill, PG 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +19
Was the recipient of Lance’s best pass and nothing else really stands out.
|Lance Stephenson, SG 36 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +15
One of his better passing games. He was seeing plays develop before anyone else then finding guys in ideal positions to score. Even hit a midrange jumper late when Indiana wasn’t exactly scoring like the ’80s Celtics.
|Luis Scola, PF 16 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +3
A couple of bumbling, ball-kicking, uncharacteristic plays late but he scored a bit as well and obviously destroyed the backboards.
|Danny Granger, SF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +7
The Boston game when he hit all the threes was probably more fun, but his was arguably his most complete outing since the 2012 playoffs. He played big minutes and delivered.
|Ian Mahinmi, C 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -10
Didn’t do much.
|C.J. Watson, PG 15 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -12
Didn’t miss a shot. Backed up the point guarding.