Going into the game tonight in Indianapolis the Pacers would be attempting to take a 2-0 lead into their eastern conference match-up with the Hawks before heading to Atlanta. At the end of the first half Indiana led 59-50 with the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year Paul George adding 16 points and center Roy Hibbert adding 11. In addition the Pacers bench outscored the Hawks 24-6. It was trouble with Indiana’s transition defense and Jeff Teague’s 16 points and penetration that kept Atlanta in the game. It didn’t help that Lance Stephenson left the game early with an injury and David West sat for the majority of half with foul trouble.
The story of the second half was to be much of the same. Indiana’s bench continued their success from the first half finishing the game outscoring the Hawks 38-28. The Pacers had four players in double figures with Paul George leading all with 27 points. It was a combination of foul trouble, poor free throw shooting, and the inability to keep their poise that caused the Hawks to lose Game 2 with the final score of 113-98. Not to leave out the fantastic play of the entire hometown squad. The Pacers were able to take the early lead and never truly be threatened for the second game of this series. As we head to Atlanta I look for Indiana to continue their dominance. BOOM BABY!