Indiana Pacers (33-21) 125
New York Knicks (32-19) 91
The Indiana Pacers showed no signs of slowing down last night as they played their most complete game of the season. What better way to come out of the All Star break with a huge win that saw the Pacers build up a lead by as many as 39 points. So many good things to take away from this game as the Pacers were able to show what they can do when all things are clicking.
How about Paul George coming back from his first All Star game and controlling Carmelo Anthony? He holds Anthony to 15 points on 7-21 shooting. Meanwhile, George goes on his way to 27 points and just shows that he’s continuing this fantastic upswing that I don’t think most fans saw happening this soon. Year three for George keeps turning into a year of greatness for him.
How about Roy Hibbert, who might have only had 8 points, but shot 4-5 from the field? That’s where he needs to be each and every game shooting wise. Sure a few more points would be ideal, but he still looked to be active. David West chips in 18 points for the game, and comes back after an eye injury last week. Lance Stephenson puts together 14 points and even got feisty with J.R. Smith, who ends up getting ejected. Plenty of physical play and technical fouls were called in this game as Lance Stephenson and J.R. Smith get technicals at the end of the first half. Coach Frank Vogel and New York Knicks assistant coaches had words at halftime. This felt like the old rivalry.
But the Pacers have never dominated like this in a while. This beat down was the best win for the Pacers in this series since 1980. Now the Pacers are even closer to that second spot in the East, and the Pacers made a small statement that even got recognized by ESPN as Freddie Coleman on his late radio show was very complementary of what the Pacers are doing. It might take a while to get the fans back, but it’s great to see that national people are starting to take notice.