Indiana Pacers (30-19) 114
Atlanta Hawks (26-21) 103
Here we go again. 15 times we’ve been able to say the Pacers win at home. It’s one of the longest home win streaks in the team’s history, and with the way things are clicking, it could keep going for another 15 games. Last night’s effort against the Atlanta Hawks was one of the best games I’ve seen this Pacers team put together. After a first quarter of 18 points, the Pacers get over 30 points in each quarter on their way to 114 points. When it looked like this team wasn’t going to click offensively, things have suddenly clicked.
Last night’s game featured a bit of a comeback by the Pacers, but once they seized control, they never looked back. That’s almost been the story of these home wins. In the past four games, the Pacers have won by double digits. That’s something to keep note of as this Pacers team really wants to prove they’re a contender. They’re also getting over the 100 point mark, which is something that fans want to see. Sure defense is fun and wins games, but we want the highlight reels as well.
Paul George is becoming that human highlight reel as he rattled off 29 points, which included a few dunks over guys trying to stop him. He’s showing all the form of a super star player right now, and the Pacers are so much better because of it.
I think Lance Stephenson gets some credit for last night’s win as well. He put together 14 points, and really gives an energy to the team when they hit that stagnant point. You have to wonder if this team will hit that point knowing what kind of history they are making with this home win streak.
If things continue the way they are, by the end of the month, this streak would be sitting at 22 games. That’s looking way ahead, but with things clicking, we can do that. If this Pacers team keeps putting together solid defense and getting some points like they have been, that 22 will seem like nothing.