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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