This was all just too good. A.J. Price started with Earl Watson out and T.J. Ford finally played, and he didn’t disappoint! And for Brandon Rush, one hell of a game this guy had, eh? MIP stuff going on. This guy is making a comeback for this second half of the season. Again, Danny Granger led the team with his 25 points and six rebounds.
Ben Gordon played well for Detroit, putting up 26 points and three boards. But Detroit fell to 16-32 as Indy moves up to 18-32 in this 107-83 pummel.
Ford looked hot, including in the second quarter with four-of-four in shooting and nine points. For the game, he had eleven points and five assists. Brandon Rush has 16, second for Indy in the game. Ford, who was benched for 18 games, felt strange after starting 25-of-31 games before being benched.
“Definitely, it is challenging, but I think I’ve grown as a professional,” Ford said. “It’s just making me stronger. It can only help me. I don’t think it can get no worse than this.”
Rodney Stuckey added 16 points for Detroit. The Pistons were coming into this game with some hope after a Nets win, but it wasn’t good.
“We’re one day on, and one day off,” Detroit coach John Kuester said. “That’s what it’s been like. We’ve got to try and get some consistency.”
The Pacers had their second straight game shooting over 50% overall and had won by a large margin, again. Indiana’s other win on the road was also won by more than 20 points. Though the playoffs may be out of hand (unless if Indy wins every game of the season or lose like three-to-four games towards the season, yeah, there’s a chance) the Pacers will play hard in every game. With a good run in this second half of the season, they can be towards a positive future in the 2010 season.
“It’s good, we’re playing well,” Granger said. “Back-to-back wins, but we have to keep plugging away. We’re not completely out of this thing yet. There’s always room to come back.”
Possibly. This win is great. Like Jay-Z’s song, it’s time to get “On to the Next One.” This time, Indiana heads off to Milwaukee to face Brandon Jennings and the Bucks. Looks to be a good one on Saturday Night. So check it out. Pacers looking good so far.
Was a good day. A good game.
It’s on to the next one now.