Post-Game Grades: Pacers Come Back to Smash Pelicans
In what was undoubtedly the best moment in Indiana’s sports today, the Pacers dug deep to mount an impressive comeback victory over the Pelicans of New Orleans. Yes, it’s certain that nothing happened locally that anyone could care about more.
The NOLA crew jumped out to an early lead, scoring however and from wherever they wanted as the Pacers’ defense came out with all the ferocity of a screen door protecting Fort Knox. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until C.J. Watson and Danny Granger picked up the intensity in the second quarter that Indiana got its act together. They crawled back into this one and, after trailing by as much as 14 early on, trailed by just 5 heading into the break.
Then Lance Stephenson happened and the defense starting caving in skulls. The Pelibirds shot just 25% in the third quarter while turning it over 6 times. This was all the Pacers needed to run away. And they did.
A few minutes later, after a 15-0 run led by Lance, this one was a laugher.
Rumor has it that some teams in the professional sporting world are capable of blowing huge leads like the Pacers had accumulated by the middle of the third quarter.
But, nah, that’s just crazy. What type of franchise could cough up such a huge lead?
Indiana held on to win.
|David West, PF 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +6
Indiana’s starting bigs weren’t really about a damn thing tonight — except letting the Pelicans score however they wanted in the first half. But they did clamp it down in the third and help thwart NOLA’s attack enough for the perimeter crew to do their thing.
|Paul George, SF 37 MIN | 8-24 FG | 6-7 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +10
Didn’t so much shoot good but he got to the line a bunch in the second half and got his points. Too many threes, but nice rebounding.
|Roy Hibbert, C 34 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +8
Couldn’t make a shot, but swatted his fair share. Interesting to see him match up with Anthony Davis.
|George Hill, PG 31 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | 0
Got off to a good start then disappeared for a stretch.
|Lance Stephenson, SG 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +13
Took over the third quarter and can probably be considered the individual most responsible for the Pacers’ taking control of this one then stepping on NOLA’s throat. He was fired up, and it worked out well. 19 points on 12 shots with the ancillary stats is quite all right.
|Luis Scola, PF 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +9
|Danny Granger, SF 21 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7
Third straight game in doubles figures. Was large in the second quarter when nobody else was about much. Hit a four-pointer and got to the line another time in that critical stretch.
|Ian Mahinmi, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +9
|C.J. Watson, PG 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +17
Was the other guy about much in the second quarter. Really aggressive out there trying to force the action. And force it he did, Skywalker style.