It took an extra session in this game, but the Pacers got the win. They started out slow during the first quarter as the Hornets jumped out by ten points, but the Pacers did what was needed to get going.
Roy Hibbert will get the player of the game in this battle as he got a career high 30 points. Hopefully that won’t be the last 30 point game for Employee #55 as he should get between 15-20 points a game. He brings an energy to this team, and he’s a player that should get the ball and become more aggressive.
The Hornets came into this game on their own winning streak, which is probably why they started off the way they did. The Pacers were off a great rout of the Bobcats, but you wouldn’t have noticed that the way this started.
New Orleans took control of that first quarter and got up 31-24. The Pacers had a good second quarter and were only down 3 points 56-53 at halftime. A great third quarter got the Pacers the lead by 4 as they headed into the fourth quarter. Then the Hornets were able to get going again, and tied up the game as this one went the extra time.
The Pacers took control of that overtime session to improve to 2-0 in overtime games. An overtime scoring of 17 points by the Pacers helped them pull away for a 117-108. A very high scoring game, and one that the Pacers don’t normally like to play. The Pacers defense likes to keep the score under 90 points if they are on their game.
This was a game that saw all the starters get double figures in scoring, which is a great sign of balance. The Pacers shot another game of 50%, a sign you should win the game. They also controlled the boards as they won the rebounding battle. All things to take into account when recapping the game.
The Pacers head tonight to face Charlotte, a team they just beat on Sunday by 40. Another “should win” and I even say “must win” to keep this momentum going before the All-Star break. A chance to keep to the winning streak alive and an opportunity to bump up their standing in the Eastern Conference.