Indiana Pacers (12-1) 106
Philadelphia Sixers (6-9) 98
The Indiana Pacers were lucky in game number 13 for their 12th win of the season. Like they say, a win is a win. This win was a lot harder than it looked for the Pacers as they seemed to have it on cruise control for most of the game. They couldn’t totally get away from the Sixers like I thought they would. You kept waiting for that next gear, but it hardly came. The Pacers pull out the win, and now face off Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On the Pacers’ side, you did have Roy Hibbert put together a great game to the tune of 27 points and 13 rebounds. He won’t always get that many, but last night that was plenty as there wasn’t much help in the post to defend against him. Hibbert is such a force on defense, it’s nice to see him have a great offensive game. He even went to the free throw line 16 times to make 13 there.
The Pacers defensively couldn’t slow down Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia as he powered his way to 29 points. Not many teams in the NBA have been able to slow him down, but last night’s effort by Carter-Williams shows how good this guy can become. He put this game together against the best defense in the league of the Indiana Pacers.
That’s probably the telling part of this game on the Indiana side as they never had that focus to the defense as they usually do. It could have been a case of being lax as the Sixers were without some key players, and the Pacers could have taken that lightly. You hope that’s not the case, but just based upon the game, you have to wonder how hard the team was focusing last night.
But the win is the win. The Pacers are now 7-0 at home. 2 games up in the Conference standings, even though it’s only November, the Pacers want that top seed. You can just tell it from the way they’re approaching these early games. The team has even talked up it being that top seed. If you can build up a lead now, it helps out in the end. Just like the games though, this Pacers team has to be sure they finish just as strong as the end as they are now. It’s great to be 12-1 with the top seed in the East. But the Pacers want to be standing tall at the end of this season as well.