Denver Nuggets (10-10) 92
Indiana Pacers (10-10) 89
The Indiana Pacers fall back to .500 as they lose to the Denver Nuggets in an up an down battle last night. The Pacers built up an early lead in the first quarter that saw them at the end up by six points. But the Nuggets battled back in the second and ended up themselves ahead by one. Neither team was able to pull away and things weren’t decided until a missed three pointer by the Pacers sealed the deal.
The story here is the bench as the Denver Nuggets had two players come off the bench and score 20 points each. JaVale McGee, who’s been so up and down his NBA career, scored 20 points on 9-9 shooting. Corey Brewer also chipped in with 20 points. The Pacers’ bench couldn’t do much at all to keep them in the game. Sam Young came out and got 9 points, but no one else contributed much if anything.
The Pacers’ starters each scored in double figures with Paul George leading the way with 22 points. Good to see George is continuing this upswing. Pacer fans were concerned about whether Paul George could become that consistent scorer that we expected, and now he’s showing that at least through three games, he can. George Hill had a good night of 15 points and 10 assists showing he can lead this team when need be.
Roy Hibbert is still having a rough time finding the basket as he shot 3-10 on his way to 10 points. But his 9 and 3 blocks help out as much as they can. David West, the other post player, was his usual self of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Good to see that David West is back to becoming a double double guy just about every game.
The Pacers defense kept them in this one as they even held Ty Lawson to 2 points on a rough night for him. But the bench couldn’t contain the Nuggets’ bench, and now the Pacers are right around even for the first 20 games of the season. Not quite where they thought they would be. But they are within striking distance of the Central Division lead, so that’s right where they should be. Tough test tomorrow for the Pacers as they play Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City. That arena is said to be the loudest arena in the NBA, so that should be a test for the team. We shall see how they handle it tomorrow.