Indiana Pacers (15-12) 99
Cleveland Cavaliers (5-23) 89
The Indiana Pacers took the team effort to put down the pesky Cavs team. This game was close throughout until the Pacers put together an 18-5 run that opened up the game. They kept the lead to double figures throughout that fourth quarter when things got chippy between Tristan Thompson and Tyler Hansbrough. Both received technical fouls and then were assessed double fouls on the next play. Nothing got escalated as it did in the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks game, but it’s something to watch the next time the Pacers and Cavs play. We all know that Tyler Hansbrough isn’t one to back down.
Hard to single out one performance for the game, but Roy Hibbert gets major praise for his scoring last night, 18 points on 8-12 shooting. Perhaps Hibbert can find that shooting touch now. Interesting post game comments where made by Hibbert concerning that. He was talking about an injury to his right hand, but wouldn’t go into detail other than saying it’s getting better. This would explain why Hibbert hasn’t found that shooting touch around the basket as his hand could be affecting those shots. He said he was shooting more left handed during this time. Something to keep an eye on as we all want Hibbert to be a much better scoring when he gets the ball in the post.
More praise for Lance Stephenson as he looked to play a complete game coming with 16 points and 7 assists. Larry Bird has stated how much potential Stephenson has, and I’ve heard how Stephenson can see things on the floor better, so last night with that high assist total, that was evident. He’s got to bring that type of game each night, and this Pacers team becomes so much more dangerous.
All the starters were their usual productive selves with double figures in scoring. Gerald Green had another good game off the bench. Finishing with a thunderous dunk that actually causes him a small ankle sprain on the landing. But he got 14 points a night after scoring 21 points. If the Pacers get that type of production, the bench becomes more dangerous.
The Pacers didn’t pick up any games in the Central Division standings as the Bucks and Bulls both won. But this is the second win in a row for the Blue and Gold. They’ll play tonight against the New Orleans Hornets, and shoot for that third win in a row. Things finally look like they are picking up for the team. Scoring is coming around, and the defense is just excellent. Maybe this team still can get their season together to do something special this season.