Post-Game Grades: Pacers Restrict the Cavs

Through three quarters, this was a grind. The Pacers couldn’t hit shots, and Cleveland was making enough plays to lead 66-65.

Then this happened.

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For good measure, the Pacers also forced 7 Cavalier turnovers in a 26-10 final stanza that ended the calendar year 2013 for them with at 25-5 record.

And as that year ends – one in which your Indiana Pacers won 56 of 80 regular season games and got to within one game of the NBA Finals – I leave you with a final image that epitomizes why the Pacers succeed.

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Have a Happy New Year…be safe.

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Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at Jared (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West, PF 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -4

Foul trouble meant little to no 1st half contribution, but came up with 8 points and two of his three blocked shots after the break.

Paul George, SF 38 MIN | 7-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +14

Shot just wasn’t there tonight, but still provided a few sterling plays.

Roy Hibbert, C 35 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 5 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +13

The scoring was a bonus, but Cleveland was 6/19 from the restricted area tonight. That’s Hibbert, Mahinmi, and West.

George Hill, PG 35 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +10

Led the surge in the fourth quarter that created separation, played outstanding defense on Kyrie Irving all night long. “I thought what George Hill did was as special a performance as we’ve seen this year,” Coach Frank Vogel said as he opened his post-game presser.

Lance Stephenson, SG 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1

After a stretch of sterling play, Lance turned in a pretty uneven performance.

Luis Scola, PF 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +19

Missed some shots we’ve grown accustomed to him making, but 9 boards and 2 steals. Continues to be ultra-valuable as the bench is growing together. Pacers were +19 with him on the floor.

Danny Granger, SF 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +16

Scored 8 of the Pacers 18 2nd quarter points and led the three-man unit of himself, Scola, and Watson, who were kept Cleveland from opening a bigger lead in the first half. Indiana was +16 with him on the floor.

Ian Mahinmi, C 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +2

Made some big plays during pivotal moments in early 4th quarter.

Donald Sloan, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Garbage time.

C.J. Watson, PG 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +10

Not much in the way of numbers, but the team played well (+10) with him on the floor.

Rasual Butler, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Garbage time.

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  • Realist

    Outrebounded by 48-41 by a team that missed 51 field goals to our 43. Not great.

    At least we got it done when it mattered.

    And good to see George Hill playing well. Keeping the haters silenced for at least a little while.

    • Jack Wright

      he’ll be keeping me quiet for a good while with that performance. dude played some basketball yesterday

  • Earl Malmsteen

    Great game for George Hill. He was all over Kyrie.

  • Ian

    The rebounding was a problem, I think the Pacers took them lightly early in the game while the Cavs were energized after some close losses. Nice to see the defense lock down in the 4th and the bench to perform so well. It almost felt like they could have played the Cavs to a standstill for the whole game. I seem to remember Lance running into a crowd once and turning it over, perhaps he just threw up a shot attempt instead? Good to see him and George find ways to contribute even when their shot isn’t working. Would still like to see PG take it to the hole more often that would help give him more space for his J.

  • Joe Betz

    This game looked eerily similar to the loss to the Pistons before the Pacers were able to overmatch the Cavs with talent and a little luck (Kyrie’s departure). It was frustrating to watch PG take so many outside shots, but he exited the game in the right way with a nice pump-fake and drive through Mike Brown’s dreams of his team playing any interior defense.

    • Jack Wright

      actually I thought PG was taking the same shots he’d take any other day. they just weren’t going in, which happens to PG occasionally at banker’s life