Post-Game Grades: Pacers Destroy Magic, Re-Gain Home-Court Advantage

Well how about that? The Pacers tonight looked like the way-more-talented team that everyone thought they were headed into this series. Moreover, they regained home-court advantage while once again proving that they could really care less what gym they are playing in. In doing so, they pulled away in the third quater, out-scoring the Magic 32-17 as Roy Hibbert sent a worldwide message that this was his game: 9 other guys just happened to be playing in it. Indian now has an 80-43 edge in the three third quarters so far this series. And also, ya know, a 2-1 advantage in the series.

Game Four will be played at 2:00 pm EST in Orlando.

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
Spent a lot of the 1st half being double-teamed and not trying too hard to force through it. Obviously a garbage game statistically but he wasn’t as bad as the 2-for-9 numbers might suggest.
Danny Granger
Whaddya know: Granger can shoot after all. After a monster April, the captain had a lot of Pacers fans worried following his Game 1 meltdown and Game 2 clinic in bad shooting. Tonight, however, he was an ace marksman, dropping 26 pts on just 16 shots. TOs not cool though.
Roy Hibbert
His best game, considering the moment, as a Pacer. The 3rd quarter was all his. He blocked shots, used his size, scored buckets and generally stepped all over the collective throat of the Magic. Was a true All-Star.
George Hill
Doing stuff early and hit a great buzzer-beating jumper to close the 1st half, which otherwise wasn’t being closed sufficiently by Indiana.
Paul George
Was aggressive at times and had some very nice defensive plays. He remains a little raw and inconsistent, but the dimes and the FTAs show just how well-rounded his game can be.

Leandro Barbosa
Not a ton of stand-out production despite playing more than 23 minutes. They didn’t really need it but they’re going to need more out of the guy who should be their best bench scorer.
Louis Amundson
Active per usual and 2 blocks in just 5 minutes. But not enough time on the court to make a real difference.
Tyler Hansbrough
Surprisingly very little time after a wonderful Game 2. But that’s probably more a result of Vogel giving West every minute he could physically handle by keeping him in longer than normal in the 1st and putting him back in quickly in the 2nd.
Darren Collison
Got a breakaway dunk for the second straight game. Made shots at an excellent clip, although most (I think) came after the game was decided.
Lance Stephenson
Look who learned to hit a jump shot? Garbage-time All-Star tonight.
Dahntay Jones
Played in a playoff game.
Jeff Pendergraph
Played in a playoff game.
A.J. Price
Played in a playoff game.

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