Indiana Pacers (14-12) 104
Utah Jazz (14-13) 84
Raise your hand if you saw the Pacers putting an effort that saw them lead as much as 32 points and win comfortably by 20 points. Raise your hand if you thought Gerald Green would get 21 points. Raise your hand if you thought the Pacers would hold the Jazz to 8 points in the second quarter. Not many hands are going up, but this was the most complete game of the season for the Blue and Gold. Everyone got a piece of the action as things were wrapped up late in that third quarter, a quarter were the starters played the entire time.
This was the type of game that most fans envisioned the Pacers could put together. Now if things can hold, the Pacers will be on their way up the standings and into that talk of being dangerous. Paul George was his usual scoring self with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He even blocked 4 shots to lead the team in that category. Roy Hibbert gets 2 blocks in this game to continue his streak of games with a block sitting at 26. He was on fire early on with 8 points and finishes up with 12. D.J. Augustin got some playing time, and actually shot well finishing with 7 points. Perhaps that demotion got his head right and he can get back to where he should be.
I liked the flow of the Pacers this game, and you just saw them clamp down on defense like they have been all season. Hands were going after the ball and guys were holding their positions. This puts away last night’s loss, and now the Pacers have a chance to string another three game winning streak with games against the Cavs and Hornets coming up. Two should be wins, and two more wins to get up in the Central Division.