Indiana Pacers (36-10) 97
Brooklyn Nets (20-25) 96
This was one of those few games that came down to a possession for the Indiana Pacers. Most of the way this season they’ve won big or lost big. But last night, they just had to hold on for the third win over the Brooklyn Nets. It didn’t come without the scare of Joe Johnson hitting a very late three to make it a one point game. But perhaps, the biggest play of the game came when Luis Scola threw the ball in off Paul Pierce’s back to let the clock run out and the Pacers walk out with another win.
That was about the only good the Pacers’ bench did in the game as they struggled to score points at a time when the Pacers need the bench to step up. Danny Granger gets 8 points, but the bench just made 4 field goals in this game last night. That’s got to improve for the Pacers to use that to their advantage. There are plenty of options out there for the second unit, but they have to start performing better.
Luckily, Paul George gets his own 20 points. Roy Hibbert goes for 20. David West hits for 17 points. Lance Stephenson gets another 14 points, and George Hill goes for 10. That’s where I like seeing the starters at, all in double figures.
The Pacers also held the edge on rebounds, which is another area that they also seem to do better than the opponent. This time around it was 46-27 in favor of the Pacers. Also grabbing 12 offensive rebounds in those 46, which just means extra possessions for the Blue and Gold.
The Pacers put together a grind it out win, and hopefully can get their mojo going again before the All Star break as it looks like they’ve just hit that tired spot of the season. Guys just need to put together the right effort for the next couple of weeks, then take a rest, and finish out the rest of the season just as strong as the start has been.