Post-Game Grades: Pacers Wallop Heat

In the biz, that’s what you call doing work. Pacers came out the gates putting it on the Heat and while Miami did quickly return the favor, Indy got back up big in the third quarter and never relented on their way to an easy 105-90 win. The Pacers starters outplayed the Heat starters and their bench followed suit, led by a huge second half from the newest Pacer, Leandro Barbosa.

Danny Granger led the way scoring-wise, but six guys finished in double figures and Darren Collison was stellar on both ends. Roy Hibbert had some highlights and protected the paint on a night when Indiana caught Miami flat-footed.

This certainly wasn’t the best Heat team that’s ever lost a game. They coughed up the ball 17 times, missed 14 free throws and only scored 4 points on the break. And while Dwayne Wade made some threes, LeBron seemed off in his approach and Bosh missed the bulk of his shots. Really not their best execution or cohesion. But you have to think that a lot of that disjointed feel was due to some good play by Vogel’s crew, who cared not about Miami’s slump and were gangbusters from the first tip to the final whistle.

This makes three wins in the last four games for the Pacers.

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, PF 31 MIN | 5-8 FG | 12 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS
Really nice game from West, who can have trouble guarding Bosh off the dribble at times.
Danny Granger, 8-19 FG | 6-7 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS
He is really finding his role on the team: be the most aggressive scorer out there but don’t overdo it. Was a perfect blend between attack and pass off tonight.
Roy Hibbert, C 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-6 FT | 9 REB | 11 PTS
Big fella dunked over LeBron and swatted his layup. That’s enough for an A even before you factor in the other blocks, the boards, the put-back, the alley-oop dunk and not getting torched by Bosh.
Darren Collison, 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS
Arguably the best game he has played in some time. Key steals, pushed the tempo and got everyone involved. When your point guard scored 20 and 5 other guys drop double digits, the offense is flowing.
Paul George, SG 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 10 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS
Nice little outing. Some highlights. Some OK defense. Shot well.

Dahntay Jones, SG 6 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS
Lost his early 4th quarter rotation to Paul George, who played in an interesting Hill/Barbosa/George perimeter lineup effectively.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 15 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1 REB | 14 PTS
Perhaps the MVP as he hit 3 threes in the 2nd half and also curl-cut his way into the lane for a bucket and a foul. The sparkplug this team badly needs. 14 pts in 15 mins.
Louis Amundson, 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 PTS
Not much in terms of productivity.
George Hill, SG 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS
Nothing too good, but certainly didn’t hurt the team.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 6-8 FT | 1 REB | 8 PTS
Got to the line. That’s nice to see when he isn’t playing particularly well otherwise.

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  • dwain

    DC u still can’t pass, but i am going to eat my words. u played yer heart out tonight, yer speed, yer defensive tenacity, yer clutch shooting made up for the lousy passes, my hats off to ya! What a great win from the whole team, Roy that stuff of LeBron was a classic u left everything out there on the floor and the result is an awesome Pacers win. GO PACERS!!!

  • Nathan Bogan

    I would probably give Tyler a B. When the second unit was in in the first half he seemed to be the hardest worker. The effort helped keep the team in the game with the starters out.

    That being said, I loved what I saw from barbosa! happy to have him.

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  • papapapatrick

    i miss stephenson (and i’m positive i’m the only one who does)

  • NoLookPass

    Does anyone else get tired of watching Tyler always out at the 3 point line on defense? He’s always forced to pick up other peoples guys who are wide open but we need down low fighting for boards. He’s at almost at a 50/50 split on his rebounds O vs D the last 16 to 18 games, and come playoffs we need those rebounds and can’t always count on Danny and the guards to slide in a get them each night against better teams.

    Barbosa saved his night over 4 or 5 trips as he was bricking everything and the team was playing like trash with him on the floor but he went off and hit 4 shots in row to make him a hero in people eyes. He somehow finished with a team high -8 in a 15 point win.

  • other mike

    we can build on this!!!!

  • Reggie31

    Atlantas is getting on my nerves, if we wanna see Chicago in the second round…but hey…we won the Heat :)

  • adam

    True test will be how we come out against NJ & Washington. We need to come out strong, step on their throats and not look back. That would give us some good momentum going to San Antonio.

  • Zach Winningham

    I could just be misremembering, but hasn’t Hibbert missed a double-double by one rebound a multitude of times this season?

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