Indiana Pacers (21-14) 87
Miami Heat (23-10) 77
As a Pacers fan, I love seeing that final score. Yes, it’s just a “regular” season game, but this one says a lot about how far the Pacers have come. They had some impressive wins before, but nothing that got the team noticed. Holding Miami down to 77 points, when they average 102 has to get some notice. Paul George looking like a prime time player has to get them noticed. It’s been said and I believe that he out played Lebron James last night. The best part of George’s game was hold he made James work for shots. James took 20 shots to get to 22 points. More impressive was George’s defense on James was the fact that he didn’t get a foul for most of the game. James ends up going to the line 4 times and made one basket. That’s impressive since James can be such an aggressive player.
I thought the key to this game was Paul George scoring 30 or more points, and look what he got 29. 17 of those points came during the Pacers’ big run to get the lead back and build up their own lead. The Pacers got down seven in the third quarter, and it looked like it might get away from the team.
But as resilient as they’ve been times, the Pacers just put together a masterful run that got them a lead back. Outscoring the Heat 25-15 in that third quarter, which helped get the 10 point win. Then add in that George Hill was sick, Danny Granger was out, Roy Hibbert missed some bunny shots, the Pacers didn’t get a basket for about the last four minutes of the game, when they could have expanded that lead, and you have to take notice of this win. All reasons to believe that this team can contend in the East.
They also out muscled for rebounds against the Heat with a 55-36 edge. This team has really upped their play with that aspect, and three of the starters grabbed double figures in rebounds. Hibbert grabs 14 rebounds with 9 offense. Paul George and David West each grab 11 rebounds. This was a solid win for the team, and it looks good until the next game against the New York Knicks. A Knicks team that already took care of the Pacers, another chance to show the league that they should take notice.