When first putting together this recap, I wanted to say the Pacers won the game and leave it at that. That’s about how I felt after this win. It was one of the most improbable wins this team has put together. It’s hard telling whether the Pacers really came back or the Wizards gave it away. The fact that the Pacers were fighting to make this interesting does say something about this team. Like I’ve mentioned in other wins, this was a win that last year’s and previous Pacer teams would not have won. They might have been it a bit closer than the 22 point lead that the Wizards had, but they wouldn’t have won, so kudos to THIS Pacers team for pulling together a win.
Credit the team for defensively locking down in that second half as they only allowed the Wizards 32 points in the second half, which was two points less than the entire first quarter points of the Wizards. The Pacers didn’t have a lead in this game until the final minute. The Wizards were off and running in that first half, but really slowed down, and couldn’t put together a final basket to tie up the game and take it to overtime.
Credit to Roy Hibbert, who put up 19 points after a game of 13 points against the Clippers on Tuesday night. I know he can be a scorer if he has that confidence going, and hope to see more games of 15 or points. David West was able to come back and play with a dislocated pinkie, and even put up a basket to give the Pacers a lead, and grabbed three important offensive rebounds at the end of the game. Rebounding is another stat the Pacers took over in the second half as they ended up winning that battle 40-35.
The Pacers end up winning this game after a shot was late by the Wizards that would have tied the game, 85-83. Not a high scoring affair, but the tale of two halves won this game for the Pacers. Time to continue that momentum of two good wins and get a win tonight against the Suns. Then another win tomorrow night, which would be the final game of this final back to back to back.