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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  • NLP

    One of the better wins of the year beating a winning team and doing so in their own building!

    Not much of a middle ground for James Harden as he is either lights out of ice cold. 15 games over 55%, 8 games with big shot totals over 61% but then 24 games under 40% with one right at 40%, 18 of those at 35% or less, 11 of them under 30% and now 8 at 25% or less with 4 of those under 20% shooing ranging from 18.8% to 15.8% and that last one on 19 shots. Lucky for us he’s been off as of late with 3 of his last 4 well under 40% heading into tonight and then had to face our D to make it a 4th time in his last 5 to shoot well under 40%

    If Danny and West are back tomorrow its time to start saying prayers for the bench to find some way of working out. With no Danny around and Tyler starting their isn’t enough shots to go around to make it work unless we roll teams. And now we have Tyler likely to going back to 4 or less shots a game where he shoots around 30% and a rusty Danny coming back in who they will force feed shots to get back in the groove.

    Tomorrow might be the most interesting game of the year with so much going on with our roster and roles, playing back to back on the road and Dallas playing better here of late.

    • Realist

      “Draws all the fouls” is right. Good to see him (Tyler) in there when we’re in the penalty.

      Anyway, so, Tyler’s defending Dirk tomorrow? That could be interesting.

      • NLP

        Isn’t West expected to play?

        • Realist

          Hope so. I love Tyler. But last time we beat Dallas in Dallas (last season), I thought West did a great job on Dirk.

          • NLP

            Dirk lit them both up in 30 in that game and West was on the floor for 22 of the 30. 16 came alone 6 came with Tyler also out there and 2 of those 6 came directly off a West foul and 8 came with West on the bench.

          • Realist

            Dirk got his, yes. But West played him tough. He was chasing him around the perimeter and being annoying. I’m interested to see if Tyler can/will do the same.

            That’s just from what I vaguely remember. That’s the game PG got a few threes and a sick block on Terry from memory? Also, we hit our first 10 shots or something.

          • ntmd8tr

            It’s a shame Tyler will likely be gone next season since he is playing so well in West’s absence, Indy is 6-1 in the games West has missed this year. Assuming West reups it’s doubtful Indy will pay Psycho enough to stay or they would have already agreed on an extension. Pendergraph has had his moments but Psycho will be missed.

          • Realist

            *nods*

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  • Ian

    Great to see Lance break out of his funk. So who was guarding him? Lin or Harden? Both are bad defenders but still…