Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets guard Evan Fournier (94) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Fall To Denver

Denver Nuggets (21-21) 109

Indiana Pacers (34-9) 96

Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) drives to the basket during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

This was the game that I thought could get away from the Indiana Pacers as they’re fighting their way through this rugged road trip. This came on a back to back, where the Pacers and most teams can struggle a bit. Last night was a struggle as the team was down most of the way and couldn’t quite fight their way into it.

I thought the writing was on the wall in that third quarter when the Pacers put up 40 points, but were still down 10 points. That 40 is the highest for a quarter for the Pacers, so there’s a bright spot to the game. That type of offense needed to happen sooner for the Pacers to have a chance in this one.

Wilson Chandler of the Nuggets put on a show with his 25 points. Another night of the Pacers just not having that defensive effort we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. Most of this road trip that defense has been gone. Maybe the Pacers just left it here in Indy.

Lance Stephenson did all he could to help in this fight for the Pacers. He had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists just 3 assists short of another triple double. Paul George had a strong effort as well with his 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.

But the big men of the Pacers, Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi, were slowed down by foul trouble and both ended up watching the game after fouling out. David West had a good game and did most of his damage in that third quarter.

All in all just not enough there, and the Pacers hope to win Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers to end this road trip on a high note. I expected 3-2 on this trip, so a win is needed to solidify that.

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