Tonight the Indiana Pacers traveled to Wisconsin to compete against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was their first game with out long time player Danny Granger. It also happened to be a game that I considered to important in regards to getting back to their winning ways.
The Pacers didn’t waste anytime getting ahead and never really had to look back. Milwaukee managed to keep it fairly interesting through the game though. It took all of the fourth quarter to realize Indiana as the victor. During that fourth quarter the same three Pacers that proved to be key for us all night kept up pace.
Paul George, who led all scorers after a last second rainbow three, put up 32 points to compliment his 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and one blocked shot. His performance following the all-star break has been nothing short of just that…an all-star.
David West followed up close behind PG adding 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal. West is always the cornerstone of the Pacers and I hope that down the stretch that continue to feed him the ball in the post. The players that are capable of defending him are few and far between.
And of course to complete the three we have Lance Stephenson. He finished the night 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists just narrowly missing yet another triple-double. 15 of his points came in the fourth quarter.
These three players scored 33 of the 35 points scored in the final period. Good things will come when three out of five starters score 20 or more points. Tonight’s win was satisfying not only because Indiana needed one but it also justifies what I wrote about the importance of having several players who can put up big numbers.
Three out of five ain’t bad and I for one and glad that on any given night the three it is can be any one Pacer on our team.