Well the slow start for the Pacers lead to a great finish. This has been a trend for the Pacers and one they hope to clean up in the second part of this season. But in this game, even down eleven at one point, the Pacers were the better team and took care of the Charlotte Bobcats 102-88. Fresh off the 35 point rout of this team, the Pacers ran away from this one, and probably could have won all three games in this series by at least 20. These games the Pacers of the past would have lost, so it’s a great sign of improvement with the Pacers handling a team they should handle.
Tyler Hansbrough gets the star of the game in this one as he put up 22 points and 9 rebounds. He actually gets more points against this team than he does his season average, so maybe Hansbrough should play the Bobcats every night. Especially, on this night, where he was playing in front of a Carolina crowd that was still supporting him.
This was a game of runs made by the Pacers as they went on a scoring run to get even in the first half. Then took another run to close out the game in the third quarter and leading into the fourth quarter. That is definitely a good quality to have on this team that ability to show up on defense and score on the other end because of that defense.
Some stats to look at for this game besides Hansbrough’s great scoring output would be the Pacers hit for seven third pointers again, and actually had a higher percentage shooting the three than two pointers. What an odd stat that is. But whatever gets the job done in the long run is what counts. The Pacers also had control of the boards, another encouraging sign this team is coming back to what got them winning games.
But here they are at the All-Star break, and will get to enjoy a few days off before the hard stretch of this season hits. It won’t get any easier in the second half, and we’ll see what kind of team the Pacers can be.