Don’t wanna spend a lot of time on a win that was almost mandatory, but the Pacers ground out a 96-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
David West was the rock he’d been for most of the early part of the season, and Indy got meaningful contributions from George Hill, Lance Stephenson, D.J. Augustin, and Ian Mahinmi on the way to their 10th straight win in the Fieldhouse.
|David West, PF 38 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 10 AST | 14 PTS | +9West’s first career triple double didn’t mean much to him, but it meant everything to the Pacers’ win. His second half was huge, with 10 points, 6 boards, and 7 assists.|
|Dominic McGuire, SF 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3Maybe he should be graded lower, but what can you expect out of a guy on a 10-day contract thrown into the starting lineup?|
|Roy Hibbert, C 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -4Not sure what to do with this. Had 8 offensive rebounds, but he didn’t play in the fourth quarter due to a coach’s decision. Vogel was afraid that Hibbert would be exploited by Kemba Walker. Kemba. Walker.|
|George Hill, PG 42 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +4Shot 4-for-12 in first three quarters, but went 3-for-5 in 4th to help get the team home.|
|Lance Stephenson, SG 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -4Kept them afloat early then helped put the game away on a couple of beautiful David West feeds.|
|Tyler Hansbrough, PF 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -1Other than a great block of Jeff Adrien, wasn’t good.|
|Gerald Green, SF 22 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +7He can either miss good looks or not know where he’s supposed to be on the floor. Can’t do both.|
|Ian Mahinmi, C 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +12Played well again. Coach Vogel went with him over Hibbert down the stretch, because Vogel wanted a big that could deal with the pick-and-roll defensively. That’s fine, until you consider the fact that the investment the Pacers made in Hibbert.|
|D.J. Augustin, PG 28 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +12Conrad Brunner turned to me late in the game, and said, “He’s making up for that missed three [in the Pacers' earlier loss to Charlotte this year.]” He really did.|
|Orlando Johnson, SG 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +8Like the way the kid comports himself out there. Still learning, but seems to know where he’s supposed to be.|
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