Post-Game Grades: Pacers Embarrass Bobcats

That right there is a world-class beatdown. The Pacers even bothered not to make a single field goal for six minutes and sixteen seconds from the end of the first quarter into the second. Didn’t matter. Despite this early appearance of Indiana’s Nightly Scoring Stretch of Futility (patent pending), the team still got out to a double-digit lead at the half.

Then they stepped on some throats.

This was the classic, deadly third-quarter performance we saw time and time again last season, as the Pacers dropped 33 on the Bobcats while holding them to just 17 points. A 10-point lead ballooned to 26, and it was all over but the crying.

By the end, the Pacers had once again held an opponent under 80 points.

This was the eighth time this season Indiana has held a team to less than 80 points, and the sixth time in their last nine games they have held a team to 83 or fewer.

Yes, the Pacers play at a slower pace than all but three NBA teams.

Yes, the Charlotte Bobcats are barely an NBA team.

But, man, holding teams to such low totals — especially when three of them have been Miami, New York and Memphis — is impressive no matter how you do it and who you do it against.

IND CHA

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, PF 27 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +30 

Thank …

Paul George, SF 31 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +26 

… whoever …

Roy Hibbert, C 27 MIN | 5-11 FG | 8-8 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +31 

… you …

George Hill, PG 27 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +28 

… do …

Lance Stephenson, SG 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +28 

… or …

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -2 

… don’t …

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 7 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -2 

… pray …

Gerald Green, SF 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0 

… to …

Dominic McGuire, SF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1 

… you’re …

Ian Mahinmi, C 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -2 

… not …

Ben Hansbrough, PG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1 

… a …

D.J. Augustin, PG 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -1 

… Bobcats’ …

Orlando Johnson, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1 

fan.

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