Indiana Pacers (37-10) 98
Orlando Magic (13-37) 79That was quite the performance by the Indiana Pacers in looking like they did early on this season. They locked down on defense, especially when they went on that 18-1 to open the game. They were sharing the ball as they went for 21 assists. The defense came on strong in the second half holding the Orlando Magic to quarters of 13 and 16 points. Just think about those numbers and you’ll see how dominate that second half was.
The bench was a good sign as well tonight. Danny Granger went for 16 points. Luis Scola went for 10 points. C.J. Watson hit for his own 12 points. If those guys can continue to get those numbers, this Pacers team will be just fine this next part of the season. Those are the numbers that fans expect from the three guys off the bench that are almost like the “next” starting unit. The word second unit doesn’t get thrown too much around here when you consider Granger and Scola could be starters on some teams.
Paul George and Lance Stephenson each get 15 points for the starting five. Stephenson also snagged 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Just another night at the office for Mr. All Star Snub.
The turnovers were down at 9, which is right where they need to be. I would say under 11 for a game is where the Pacers should keep that total, while continuing to pass the game. The Pacers just work their offense the best way when the ball hardly touches the floor. Guys don’t need to beat their opponent off the dribble. They need to make good cuts to the basket or set a hard pick to get themselves in that right position for a basket.
This type of game I believe is what the Pacers needed, but then again, on a back to back, the Pacers have won the first night, so we’ll have to see what the team can do tomorrow night in Atlanta. The place that they can’t seem to win. Putting together another performance like this should cut that streak and finally give a win in a back to back set for the Indiana Pacers.