Indiana Pacers (2-1) 106
Sacramento Kings (0-3) 98
Ugly win might be what we are saying for this early season of the Indiana Pacers. But an ugly win is so much better to write about than an ugly loss. We had the ugly loss in Charlotte, and now the ugly win for the home opener. Who knows what might come on Monday night against the tough San Antonio Spurs?
There were good things to come out of last night’s win against the Kings. There were three players in double figures, which is great to see. Paul George is becoming quite the rebounder as he upped his career high to 17 rebounds last night. David West had a team high 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points. Roy Hibbert held his own with 12 points 10 rebounds. Rebounding was a soft spot for the Pacers last season. But last night they held their own on the boards with a 67-47 edge. That’s very impressive.
Not so impressive was shooting again. Seems like the Pacers aren’t getting out and hitting their shots yet. Three point shooting last night was atrocious. They hit only 4 threes on 22 attempts. Paul George took 7 off those attempts and made 2. Lance Stephenson had a late three pointer that helped push the Pacers ahead.
That had to be a bright spot for Lance Stephenson as he played over 30 minutes in the game, and seemed to be called upon in that fourth quarter. All the starters played well over 40 minutes, except for Gerald Green. Stephenson must have been impressive in practice to earn more playing time than Green. But he did show he was becoming a more aggressive player, and I hope that he can turn his potential into game worthy play.
In another bright spot, the Pacers shot their free throws well as they went for 89% and only Roy Hibbert had an 0-2 night at the line, which brought down that high percentage. Ian Mahinmi and Tyler Hansbrough both went 4-4 from the charity stripe.
So enough good things happened in this game to get the Pacers a win. 38 points in the second quarter to push a lead. Tough defense to hold down the Kings when needed. 10 points in the second overtime, while holding the Kings to 2 points. All in all a great team win to open the season at home. Time to get the fans excited about what this team can do, and last night’s win should start that push.