Indiana Pacers (23-5) 103
Brooklyn Nets (9-18) 86
Three straight wins for the Indiana Pacers as they put together another dominating performance. Maybe that small losing streak last week was all it took for the Pacers to regain the focus they had this early on in the season. Last night’s win was another fine performance as all things were rolling. Now they’ll get a few days off to enjoy the holiday and get back to work come Saturday night against this same Brooklyn team. Perhaps, we’ll see the same result?
Where to begin with what worked so well in last night’s win? How about the performance of Lance Stephenson in front of some family and friends? He goes for 26 points, a new career high. But he also tallied up 7 rebounds and 5 assists. He’s bringing an energy to this team that’s contagious. He’s also earning some All Star consideration, which I’ll talk up in a later article today. When you look over the performance of the past few games, how could Stephenson not garner attention? Three triple doubles on the season to lead the league in that category. Just think how much fun he would be to see play in a game that counts for nothing.
How about the performance of Paul George? Just another night at the office where he puts together 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. It’s just becoming common place for George to have this stat sheet type of night. I know come All Star time that we will be seeing him out there in the bright lights.
The defensive effort was there holding down Deron Williams to just 9 points on the evening. That was a key to the victory I believed. Williams is that guy that can put up a huge scoring night, but the Pacers slowed him down plenty. How about holding Paul Pierce to only his second career scoreless night? He ends up hurting himself with a hard foul on George Hill that saw him get ejected.
The Pacers did their usual effort of rebounding with a margin of 46-38. They held the Nets down in that third quarter by a margin of 30-19. These past three games have shown what the Pacers are capable of, and now they’ll get to enjoy the rest until getting back to work later this week. It should be a great holiday time for them as they can celebrate being the top team in the Eastern Conference and one of the top teams in the NBA. Merry Christmas to the Pacers and to all a good night!