Maybe it was the friendly confines of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse that has the Pacers on a small winning streak, and one that’s bringing them back to what wins a game. Doing all the little things that need to be done, like good defense, rebounding, getting your hands on the ball, and hustling around the floor. That’s what we’ve seen from the Pacers in these past two games.
The Pacers put a stop to the 76ers three game winning streak and were able to pick up another win in the process. Shooting 57% for the game, this Pacers team was able to put up 111 points, which is way above the season average of 95 points per game. And shooting over 50% should win you the game.
The defense clamped down the most in the fourth quarter as they allowed 19 points to the Sixers, while putting up 28 and putting the game away. Five players were in double figures with Danny Granger leading the way with 20 points. Great to see Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough put up 14 points each as they are two guys who have struggled a bit to find the basket after the All-Star Break. They are two guys the Pacers know can score as well, so they need to find that shooting touch again.
An all around team effort has been shown in the past two wins, and it would be great to finish up the week with two more wins against the Knicks. This team is talented enough to play with the big boys, but a win is a win, so time to get on that track.