Indiana Pacers (11-11) 96
Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18) 81
Talk about the Indiana Pacers defense this evening, and start with that second half. The Pacers allowed 23 points in the second half with quarters of 12 and 11 by the Cavaliers. The Cavs built up a 16 point lead in that first half, but the Pacers turned it on and used an 18-0 run to put themselves ahead and in control of the game. Even C.J. Miles’ 28 points for the Cavs wasn’t even to keep them close at the end when the Pacer pulled away for the 15 point win.
Paul George led the way for the Pacers with his own 27 points. David West was productive as always adding 18 points, 9 rebounds and his own 7 assists. An underrated passer who can find guys for baskets from any spot on the floor. George Hill threw up 17 points as well.
Roy Hibbert is still struggling to find his shot finishing with 4 points. 1-7 from your starting center, who was signed to some big money isn’t going to cut it. It’s not like he’s getting bad shots too, they are make-able ones right at the basket. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on, other than shots aren’t falling. Not to add any more insult to it, but tonight Ian Mahinmi, the back up had 3 points of his own. If the starter and back up are getting the same points, something is up. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, Hibbert can get his shot straight and make those baskets.
It was quite an up and down game for the Pacers, but they did what they had to do in that second half, and just imagine what this game would have been like, if that Pacers put that effort the whole game. Still, able to get at .500 and 1.5 games out of first place in the Central Division. It will be important to see if Lance Stephenson can go next game as he took a nasty fall and looked to sprain his ankle badly as he couldn’t put weight on it to leave the game. If he can’t go, Gerald Green gets thrown back into the starting line up and that could shake things up a bit. But the Pacers play the Sixers, who look beatable, and that should be another win to get something going as I’ve been saying most of this early season.