Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat Bulls to Win 14th Straight in Indiana

This was a strange game is so many ways.

Most obviously, two of the top four defensive teams in the NBA combined to score 212 points and Lance Stephenson and Marco Belinelli alternately looked like their teams’ best players for long stretches of the evening. Then there was the whole thing where Tom Thibodeau allowed guys like Jimmy Butler defend guys like David West and Tyler Hansbrough.

All in all weird.

It also featured two noteworthy streaks, one which was extended and one which ended. First, the one that is now over: The Bulls had won at least 40 (and I think 41) straight games when they scored 100 or more points. They lost tonight so that streak ends. (I also believe the telecast said they had been tied with the Spurs for the longest such streak in NBA history. Not sure though. Wasn’t really paying attention. It isn’t exactly Joe DiMaggio memorable.)

Second is the ongoing Pacers’ home win streak, which has now reached 14 games. It is their longest such streak in like 10 years. I didn’t look that one up either. Then again, neither did you, so how about just watch the cool video above I found and stop complaining? Jeez.

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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 37 MIN | 11-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 29 PTS | +23 

Feeding on munchkins who had a better chance of getting him to join the lollipop guild than stopping him from scoring. Scored an and-one on Boozer, which was funny because they both yell it constantly.

Paul George, SF 44 MIN | 6-14 FG | 7-8 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +9 

Hit the game-cementing three on one end and played the lock-down defense to clinch it on the other. Special kid.

Roy Hibbert, C 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +15 

I’ve run out of jokes.

George Hill, PG 38 MIN | 7-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | +15 

Huge game for the least-discussed Pacer starter. Made his first seven shots.

Lance Stephenson, SG 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +22 

Feels like he had more points what with all the hot sauce highlights and flashy passing. And that dunk. That sweet sweet dunk. May have been the best game he has ever played.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 12 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -9 

Thibs gonna get his small forwards hurt putting them on the Psycho.

Sam Young, SF 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8 

Played 9 minutes.

Ian Mahinmi, C 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6 

Finished my favorite play of the game. (See above.)

D.J. Augustin, PG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -1 

Backed up George Hill.

Orlando Johnson, SG 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -10 

Backed up the wings.

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  • Hoosier89

    Surprised Roy didn’t get an F, as half his rebounds were from his missed layups before he missed them again.

    • lil-bang

      This has been true all season. Shouldn’t be considered a rebound if you don’t get complete control of the ball, but shouldn’t be considered a shot either for just getting a finger on the ball and flipping it back up at the rim.

  • Petey’s Head

    Paul George was pretty lazy with the ball, some sloppy turnovers. He can become unfocused at times. Hibbert’s body control when he has the ball is really bad.

    • Jack Wright

      yeah cut down on the TO’s george!

  • lil-bang

    Not sure if I would have given Hill an A+, Nate Robinson scorched the Pacers again going 19,5,and 9…damn near same numbers as PG. If Hill locks down on him better (assuming Hill was guarding Him most of the time) then this game would have been a blowout.

    • lil-bang

      That being said I think Jared is spot on about Hill. He is the darkhorse of this offense. I think alot rides on his shoulders come the playoffs. If he beats his man they got a shot a winning every game. Seems like any game he is scoring near the 20′s Pacers have a shot.

  • Jack Wright

    why the hell is sam young on the team? he’s worse than worthless at both ends. we put him in for his supposedly good defense near the end of the game when we needed a stop, and he lets BOOZER blow by him for an and-one. young’s the only guy in the league who makes gerald green look like a decent basketball player.

  • Jack Wright

    i probably just have a bad memory, but i’m not sure i can recall a single time last night when roy was given the ball in the post. if there’s any truth in that, was it an intentional move by vogel? and was it a factor in our nice scoring output?

    i’m hoping it’s a sign that vogel’s finally realized that giving the ball to roy in the high post usually results in a wasted possession. that said, i still think roy can be a huge asset defensively (especially) and offensively (maybe), if we use him right. we need to get roy to pass it back out to shooters or cutters more often when he receives the ball in the post, rather than forcing up tough shots that only d-west can make consistently. if we’re able to establish roy as more of a passing threat, particularly when he has it in the post, that might just open up some easier scoring opportunities for him throughout the game. establish the pass to set up the shot, i guess. i’d like to see roy start passing the ball when he has it in the high post at least 75% of the time. that should make things better for everyone, but especially roy.

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