Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat the World Champs in Their House

The Pacers really came to play tonight with David West setting the stage for a great start to the game. Indiana made their first 8 shots and were on pace for a 50-point opening quarter half-way through the period. Then, ya know … Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George.

Dirk Nowtizki.

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But in all seriousness.

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Ball movement from willing passers.

In the third quarter … Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George Paul George.

Meanwhile, David West and Darren Collison.

Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West - 37 MIN | 9-11 FG | 6 REB | 5 TO | 20 PTS
You like efficiency? West got ya. You like great passing that didn’t show up in assist column? Had that, too. You like scoring 8 pts in the opening 3 mins? He’s your guy. You like E. Honda defense on Dirk? On it.
Danny Granger - 36 MIN | 5-18 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS
Was better than his line and tracked down 5 ORBs, some that made his 13 misses non-hurtful. Kept that ball moving and helped show that it’s becoming increasingly irrelevant who scores as long as someone is.
Roy Hibbert - 37 MIN | 3-13 FG | 14 REB | 3 AST | 2 BL | 9 PTS
The Pacers won in the defending champs’ building and Roy gave them nothing on offense. Kinda scary when you think about it. Meanwhile, crushed the glass.
Darren Collison - 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS
Steve Nash who? This guy hasn’t made many bad decisions this week and once again provided everything you could want from the guy running your offense. Why would Indy fans want anyone else right now?
Paul George - 41 MIN | 11-19 FG | 9 REB | 5 AST | 5 STL | 30 PTS
Wish there was something above an A+. Career game from a guy who looks like we’ll be saying that again soon. The total package tonight. Blew up Twitter. Hard to put it in words.

Dahntay Jones, SG 13 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2 REB | 4 PTS
Ate his tough guy pills enough to get Brendan Haywood all riled up and, to much surprise, is becoming a great, reliable contributor off the bench in a lot of ways.
Louis Amundson - 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Barely played.
A.J. Price - 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 PTS
Had his second straight really shaky night. Hurry back, George Hill.
Tyler Hansbrough - 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 PTS
His inability to contribute in many games is becoming worrisome. The starting unit was so good it didn’t matter but it will at some point.
Lance Stephenson - 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS
Played fine.

Topics: Dallas Mavericks, Post-Game Grades

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  • Realist

    It has been brought to my attention that Paul George is good at basketball.

  • Zach Winningham

    This was a really satisfying win, and a game we would have never win in the last 6 years. Man, when Paul George is on…it’s over. Really getting excited about the team. 13 road wins last season, 10 this year already. I’d love to get these two home wins against Orlando and Utah.

  • Zach Winningham

    This was a really satisfying win, and a game we would have never won in the last 6 years. Man, when Paul George is on…it’s over. Really getting excited about the team. 13 road wins last season, 10 this year already. I’d love to get these two home wins against Orlando and Utah.

  • leon

    paul george now have to get invited to the all star game

  • Joe B

    My previous post concerning most improved player has me feeling less silly now. Solid win for the good guys.

  • adam

    Tyler Hansbrough needs a breakout game. How soon till we play the Knicks?

  • PaCeRhOLiC

    I no longer “hope” we beat good teams, I now expect nothing less…

    Great contribution by the entire team (Vogel included)

    There’s just something so special about this team, that I cannot begin to put into words, and I won’t even begin to talk about PG’s night because I’ll run out of space.

    Now let’s keep those W’s going, and take care of business at home!

    PACERS 4 LIFE!!!

  • Jeremy The Kid Johnson

    Boy, if you were worried about Frank Vogel as a coach, no need.

  • Ian

    Anyone else with ESPN Insider read David Thorpe’s Column on best sophomore players?

    He ranked Paul George. . . 7th. Behind Griffin, Greg Monroe, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Tiago Splitter and Evan Turner.

    Even before last night, George was outplaying Turner and Wall, and comparable to Splitter. Cousins and Monroe have bigger numbers, but they are also the primary bigs on bad teams.

    He listed George under ‘could be a reliable starter someday’ category lol.

  • Sam

    Great game!!
    Not trying to take anything negative away from it, but
    I’m really starting to feel that we are quite the opposite from a deep team

    In fact we may have the best starting 5 in the league and a (hate to say it but) below average bench.
    Hopefully Hill comes back and continues to play well

    I guess Foster would help

    not to mention Hansbrough needs to start playing like Tyler Hansbrough

  • dwain

    i think i saw some swagger out there at the end of this team win, George is a beast, West looked awesome and DC played another great game, his shot looked more confident and he dished and ran plays better(still wanna see Nash there too). Tyler needs his feet to know where they are going before he tries to reach, that’s just practice time….

  • JRC

    My only concern is that our bench looks a lot less steady without George Hill. Otherwise a great game. I think Hibbert probably even deserves a ‘B’. He didn’t shoot too well, but he was all over the boards, and played solid defense (when I was watching). Paul George… *shakes head*… is he, maybe, a star in the making? I don’t want to put too high of expectations on him, but he is getting better, and continues to show “flashes” of brilliance.

  • Derek

    Hansbrough is having a hard time scoring the ball and being effective offensively in general because if you really pay attention to his offensive game, he goes to his right 99.999% of the time, he has no left hand what so ever. Teams watch film over this and know exactly where he is going to go. I love Hansbrough to death, but he needs to develop his left hand or he will never be the potent scorer he can be.

  • Lou

    2010 draft…turns out Larry knows basketball

  • SMcK

    I was in Dallas and got to go to the game last night — and it was great to hear the Mavs fans just blown away by the Pacers, and particularly George. Guy behind me was saying all second half…”Seriously. Who are these guys? Who can beat them? Everyone on their team is killing us.” Maybe the coolest thing is we had swagger on the champs.

  • PGforThree

    Loved the Comment about the E.Honda defense on dirk. It was exactly what i was thinking at the time AND it worked really well. Couple steals off the ‘thousand hand slap’.

  • Derek U

    I saw the second half and was blown away. I’ve been excited watching this group for the last 3 years, to see them beat the defending champions (Not the same team that won the championship) was exhilerating

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