Post-Game Grades: Pacers Play Well Late in Clutch City, Put Away Rockets

Biggest win of the year.

(What else did you expect me to say. It really wasn’t naturally. But was a fun game to watch: high scoring early then got grimy then had some good vibes plays towards the end. The PaulGeorge-swipe, two-Roy-Hibbert-block, Paul-George-volleyball-pass, Lance-Stephenson-breakaway-layup play was one of my favorites this season. They play again tomorrow in Dallas.)

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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.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 32 MIN | 4-7 FG | 8-9 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +14

Continues to fill in admirably. Draws all the fouls.

Paul George, SF 39 MIN | 4-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +6

Couldn’t shoot, but was very DPOY-y on James Harden. Beardy shot just 6-for-24 and wasn’t even really trying to convert, just get to the line, in the second half. Good mix of discipline and ball-swiping. Had one of the better assists of the year on a touch pass to Lance on a run out.

Roy Hibbert, C 37 MIN | 11-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 28 PTS | +21

Beast. One of his best lines of the year for sure. If he can do something resembling this twice per round in the playoffs, then a lot of the Pacers offensive woes will be alleviated. Perhaps a big ask, but the occasional 20-point outing makes such a difference.

George Hill, PG 38 MIN | 1-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +19

Probably not the best game he’ll ever play.

Lance Stephenson, SG 35 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +13

One of the better games he’s ever played. Was very aggressive off the bounce right after Houston halved the Pacers 19-point lead. Got to the line driving on Harden, found Hibbert for a dunk during penetration and took a hand off all the way to the cup to finish a three-point play. This was the mold for Good Aggressive Lance.

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -5

Hard to say anything bad about his efforts.

Sam Young, SF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Sam.

Gerald Green, SF 5 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Gerald.

Ian Mahinmi, C 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -12

Not good. At all. Gave up the ball in some highly suspect ways.

D.J. Augustin, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10

Right on.

Orlando Johnson, SG 13 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -4

Pulp can move, baby.

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