Indiana Pacers (12-11) 95
Philadelphia Sixers (12-11) 85
Well like most of the Indiana Pacers’ wins this season, an up and down came that the Pacers came out on top. You would have thought the team lost some momentum as halftime rolled around when the Sixers put up 4 points in 4 seconds to take the lead. But this Pacers team knows how to clamp down on defense when they have to, and they put up 7 more points than the Sixers in the third quarter. A strong fourth quarter leads to the double digit win to bump up the record to above .500 and get closer to that pivotal division lead.
Paul George leads the way as he has been the past couple of weeks with 28 points. Roy Hibbert puts together 19 points and a season high 13 rebounds. George Hill stuffs the stat sheet with a triple double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. David West wasn’t as effective as he has been, but still gets 14 points and 6 rebounds. The starters helped lead the way like they have been doing. It’s great to see Roy Hibbert have an effective game as so many people are concerned with his shooting touch. He was 9-17 tonight getting those baskets right near the rim like he should be making.
The only concern with this game is the bench production. Only getting 12 points from what is supposed to be a stronger unit isn’t helping matters. These guys coming off the bench have to come in and produce. They can help out in other ways, but scoring points is something that has to improve if the Pacers want to be competitive this season against the better teams.
This was a good effort on a Friday night for the Pacers, and now they head off to Detroit against a team they should beat. Slowly building that momentum and this Pacers team should be where we thought they would be.