Indiana Pacers (4-6) 103
Dallas Mavericks (5-5) 83
Whatever was said and done between Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the Indiana Pacers needs to be bottled up and saved for each time before a game now because whatever the Pacers did worked out for them last night in their win over the Dallas Mavericks. They actually got their largest margin of victory over the Mavericks since 1997. Even with some former Pacer players playing on the Mavs, the current Pacers did the job last night. Just about anyone who played made some contribution, which is just the way this Pacers team should operate.
There were those moments I thought the Pacers might end up losing as the Mavericks would make some small runs, but that third quarter things opened up. The Pacers end up outscoring the Mavericks by 10 points, and another 11 points in the fourth quarter. Holding the Mavericks down to 83 points is just the type of defense we want to see the Pacers play each time out. The Mavericks were averaging 102 points just to get an idea on how well the Mavericks had been going offensively.
David West and George Hill continued their push as leaders of the team with 15 points each. But Roy Hibbert gets my kudos for finally getting some points. He ends up with 14 points, but still needs to improve that shooting percentage. It seemed like a tough 14 points to get, and it shouldn’t be as difficult with his size in the post area. But those shots should start falling, and this type of game should come to him each time out.
Sam Young gets some credit for his good game off the bench with his 14 points. He has looked a bit lost at times, but last night, things seemed to fall in place for him. Lance Stephenson is another guy that hit some bit shots for the Pacers at time. It’s great to see the improvement he has made for this Pacers team. He looks to bring an energy to that starting unit that they can use when things aren’t moving as well.
The movement of the team was the best improvement that I saw. At times, the Pacers would force the issue of scoring, which I think helps their game as they have players that can get out and run. Some of the passing looked better. Guys really looked for each other, and made sure they got the ball those to guys in position to score. It’s all things that are just basketball plays that the Pacers will get going. Last night was going.
* Just a side note, I was in attendance for the game, and my record at games is now 2-0, so maybe the Pacers should just get me a season ticket, and let me there for each home game. It could work, right?