Post-Game Grades: Two Down, One to Go as Pacers Knock Off Hawks

It seemed for a time that this game might never end…Well, at least the third quarter.

It took 37 minutes to play the third quarter, largely due to an extended debate among the officiating crew of Bill Kennedy, Josh Tiven, and Scott Wall. Apparently, it takes 9 minutes to come up with a sufficiently ridiculous call to irritate everyone.

In any case, the extended nature of the period had no ill effect on the Pacers, who outscored the Hawks 31-21 and were well on their way to a 114-103 victory. The teams combined for 68 free throws and 59 fouls in Indy’s 30th of the season – their 15th in a row at home.

It was a weird game. The centers – Roy Hibbert, Ian Mahinmi, Al Horford, and Johan Petro – combined to shoot 21-for-29 from the floor.

Oh, well. A flight to Philly and the third game in three nights awaits the Pacers, who have managed to at least briefly claw back to the third best record in the East.

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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 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 5 STL | 3 BLK | 5 TO | 15 PTS | +12

Fifteen and seven, you expect, but three blocks for the second night in a row and a career-high-tying five steals are pleasant surprises.

Paul George, SF 39 MIN | 8-19 FG | 8-9 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | +17

Hitting five threes and getting the line nine times is oh, so pretty.

Roy Hibbert, C 30 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +9

This is the kind of line and performance that would make his contract less onerous.

George Hill, PG 34 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +7

Didn’t shoot particularly well, but got to the line (well…who didn’t, tonight?) and dished 8 assists. Has quietly been a foundation piece for this team this year.

Lance Stephenson, SG 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +9

The incredible rejection of John Jenkins in transaction, followed by the incredibly silly foul on a three-point shooter is kind of Lance in a microcosm right now. Still, his development has been invaluable this year.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1

Ran around. Did stuff. Out Ivan Johnson-ed Ivan Johnson.

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

Garbage time.

Sam Young, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3

A Sam Young performance

Ian Mahinmi, C 16 MIN | 4-4 FG | 4-7 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +2

Not to be outdone by Hibbert, Ian matched Roy’s 12 points.

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

Garbage time

D.J. Augustin, PG 16 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +3

Both Augustin and Vogel deserve credit for salvaging D.J. this season. He’s been steady since returning from his short exile to the bench.

Orlando Johnson, SG 8 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -6

Wisely (and narrowly) avoided his first NBA technical.

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  • Jswidan

    I think Mahinmi deserves at least an A, he was aggressive all night and I think he will be a big key to the Pacers in the playoffs. We had no offensive game behind Hibbert last year. With that said great game by the Pacers tonight and the past week! Keep it up

    • Philip Tarrant

      I agree. Mahinmi has been a real boost off the bench, and a big part of our league leading defense. He is able to successfully spell Hibb, giving him a blow without the defense falling apart. It’s a blessing having another 7ish footer to erase defensive mistakes. This team’s size is a big part (no pun intended) of its success on the whole. Also, that mid-range looked so smooth from Ian tonight. Loving the recent offense!

  • Jack Wright

    I’m gonna go ahead and apologize for calling for Vogel to be fired two weeks into the season. Your doing just fine, Coach.

  • lil-bang

    Bill Kennedy (#55) could be the worst referee I have ever seen(Basing this off last night). Not a big fan of refereess who try to be buddy buddy with all the coaches. Plus his reenactments of fouls are just silly. When he went back to the scores bench a second time to figure out if it was a flagrant he should have just turned his whistle in then. 8 minutes…really???

  • lil-bang

    Roy should have got an A+ for 2 or 3 jumpers he put in, haha. Roy getting their team in foul trouble from the
    get go set the tone of this game.

    Would like to see our defense get back to the way it started the year, Pacers will come back to earth on their shooting
    sometime, lets just hope they remember how to step up the d once that happens,
    most likely it will happen tonight on the road.
    15 in a row, nice. GO PACERS.
    Would have given Vogel an A for having to deal with that debacle of a mess on the flagrant foul. Would have given him an A+ but once again coming out of a timeout he called a horrible mis run play occured(can’t remember what quarter), but I just remember PG just standing with the ball in iso for about 15 seconds to get some horrible shot off. Do we ever score out of a timeout???

    • Jack Wright

      we usually throw it away

  • Ian

    How about more excitement for beating the Hawks, who seem to own us even when we are playing well?

  • dwaink

    starting to feel like i’m on a roller coaster ride with this team, the ups are really nice …but those low places suck bad, i echo the call for a return to defense(while cheering on the offense heating up)…sheesh this is conflicting…GO PACERS!!!
    btw coach Knight said it best …”if we hit every shot and stop them from scoring at all….”

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