Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat the Lakers in LA

This was easily Indiana’s best win of the year. And this was definitely important for a team that may be a quite good NBA team but lack an impressive resume. Beating this Boston team twice is one thing. And it’s nice to beat an overachieving Atlanta team than lost Al Horford in the early going. But this is the first time that the world at large, outside of the Pacers locker room, can look at an Indy win and really be impressed. Moreover, this put them at 2-1 on a tough West Coast road trip during which they easily could have been perfect if not for one horrific quarter against the Kings.

Roy Hibbert looked great tonight. David West looked like the team’s best player for a stretch in the fourth quarter. And George Hill once again proved that he is indispensable off the bench. And as much as the 7’2″ big fella carried them, this was a true team victory. And given the fact that they looked like crap in the first quarter before rallying to outscore the Lakers by 15 over the final three quarters, that’s quite the win.

Here is how each guy played individually tonight.

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David West - 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 9 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS
Carried the team for time early and a borderline double-double.
Danny Granger - 34 MIN | 4-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 16 PTS
Not as bad as his shooting might suggest cause he hit some timely shots. Had a huge layup late and got to the line on another big possession. Still … 4-for-14 not cool.
Roy Hibbert - 27 MIN | 9-13 FG | 8 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS
One of the better games Roy has ever played as a pro. Broke his nose then came back and dominated, killing Bynum on the block and kicking out to create good looks when he wasn’t scoring.
Darren Collison - 38 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS
Really good game and savvy control of the game. Ideally, a PG’s game should be more about how he influenced the box score and that was the case tonight for DC.
Paul George - 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 13 PTS
Stuck some shots again and finished at the rim when expected. Really nice defense by showing that his length could bother the best scorer in the league right now.

Dahntay Jones - 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 9 PTS
Maybe the best game he’s played this year. Hit a big three, drew a foul in the post and even made a few nice passes to facilitate a better shot than he had.
Louis Amundson - 6 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 PTS
Blew several nice possessions with his inability to finish.
George Hill - 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS
When the game looked like it might if skew towards a 15-point lead in the 2nd quarter, Mr. Hill hit some huge shots.
Tyler Hansbrough - 22 MIN | 0-5 FG | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Yuck. He had more effect on the game than his disgusting stats would suggest but not that much more so.
Lance Stephenson - 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 PTS
Had one really nice bucket and didn’t do a lot otherwise, negative or positive, to get excited about. Still, 4 points is great in 6 mins off the bench.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Post-Game Grades

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  • Travis

    Big Roy is the heart and soul of this Pacers team and it showed tonight, he was the best big man on the court tonight. Although Granger’s shooting numbers weren’t spectacular he had a lot of nice plays on help defense with blocks on Bynum

  • bj

    Good team win tonite…Roy showed he can be real dominate in post,when consistently given the ball.He was very strong in the 4th quarter,and he gave gve Bynum the business(save a little of that for D Howard)…i know KObe scored 30 plus but he had to arc that jumper a lil higher wit 6’10 Paul George guardin him,that all u can ask is to make him work and use your length.Good win 2nite boyz.

  • NZ Buc

    Loved seeing 8 assists from west and hibbert combined :)

    Also really good to see the team fight through a relatively one sided score line in the opening quarter

  • papapapatrick

    can Lou get an F+ cause he has a ponytail?

  • Realist

    lol @ papapapatrick

    SO happy right now. Such a good win. <3 Indy.

    "They told me I shouldn't come back out and play but I knew how important this game was" – Roy Hibbert, on his broken nose.

    Nice balanced attack as usual. No one stands out on the box score.

  • longtimewatcher

    Roy’s plus/minus was +18. Double anyone else. Paul George had +9, Collison +8, Jones +3. Everyone else was minus. Good things happened when he was on the floor.

  • JRC

    Roy is becoming the focal point of this team. I hope he continues to improve. I expect this win might open the eyes of the local populace to the fact that the Pacers are back. This win also makes me a little more angry about the Sacramento meltdown. Barring that one quarter, this was an undefeated west coast trip (against, admittedly, mediocre competition at best).

    Also, I am starting to worry this may be a “lost” season for Granger, in terms of shooting. He still seems to be effective, though. Hope he can find his shot pretty soon.

  • CM

    To Tyler’s credit his was guarding Bynum at times. It’s hard to be at your best when you are playing so far out of position.

  • http://PacersCenter.com Joe

    Roy needs to be the focal point of the offense down the stretch. Throw it in to the big man and let him go to work. He is a great passer out of the post, if he doesn’t score, he usually finds the open man.

    PacersCenter.com

  • Ian

    The Sacto loss may have focused the Pacers on their next couple of games. It’s quite possible that if we’d won that one we might have dropped one or both of the other two.

    It’s great to see Roy stepping up. I think there’s a delicate balance between having him be the focal point and letting him just play his game. Last year he seemed to wilt under the pressure of having the offense constantly run through him. This is a deep, balanced team and letting different guys step up each night is going to be the key to their success.

  • Joe B

    I have heard mixed reports on Hibbert’s future with the Pacers. Any news on that front, Monsieur 8.9? It would be terrible to lose a big man the Pacers have developed in any free agency shenanigans, especially now that he has improved his consistency, quickness and toughness.

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