Even with the Bucks making a push in this game to get back in it, this game never felt like it was going to be lost by the Pacers. This is a different type of team than years past where they can control the game when they need to. Especially in those fourth quarters when teams make their runs. This Pacers team is putting it together and hopefully this leads to a good final six games of the season and a longer than usual playoff run.
This game came down to the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert stepped up to score points when the team needed it. I’m also happy to see Paul George put together some points as he went scoreless in the previous game. He got 10 points in this one, but those are 10 points he needed to get back on track. I feel he’s very important to this team to make their playoff run, and hopefully he can get his game back in these final six games of the season.
The Pacers looked to be in control of this game in the second quarter when they outscored Milwaukee 32-21, but the Bucks came right back in the third quarter and put up 30 points of their own. The Pacers sealed the deal down the stretch with 25 points in the fourth quarter and win 105-99. Just a couple of points off my prediction of a Pacers win, which was 105-97. Like I said, you feel differently about this Pacers team, and I never doubted they would lose this game.
They’ve been playing so well this month as they are a NBA best 8-1 in the month of April. Riding a fourth game winning streak into Monday’s match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who might be peskier than usual after the last meeting of these teams. Kevin Love of the Timberwolves said he doesn’t like the Pacers and thinks they play bigger than what they are. That should be some incentive for the Pacers to step up their game and show they are truly a tough team, like Pacer fans have seen. Love will bring an intensity to this game, and the Pacers will have to match and surpass that to keep this winning streak alive.