Indiana Pacers (42-13) 110
Milwaukee Bucks (10-45) 100
Not the dominant performance I thought it would be, even though the Indiana Pacers did build up a big 22 point lead. The Milwaukee Bucks, to their credit, fought hard to make it close and even as close as three points. Brandon Knight did all he could with his 30 points to lead the Bucks.
The Pacers got fine performances from their starters as I expected they would. Well, at least three of the starters put in fine performances. George Hill didn’t score any points and really didn’t do much other than control the ball for the Pacers. Roy Hibbert was another guy kind of missing out there. 4 points and 6 rebounds wasn’t quite the stats I believed Hibbert would get out there.
Paul George continued his resurgence into strong play as he goes for 32 points on 10-18 from the field and 5-7 from three. If George can continue that, watch out for the Pacers and maybe his name creeps back into some MVP consideration if the Pacers are able to stay the top team in the Eastern Conference and NBA overall. Well, at least in that top three consideration since I do believe it’s down to Kevin Durant and Lebron James with their play throughout the year. That’s a whole other discussion topic.
David West had a fine game with his 30 points and 7 rebounds. He needs to keep that going as well for the Pacers to get back on that right track.
Lance Stephenson was just short another triple double on the season. His stat line reads 24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists. What a year for Stephenson as he’s really put together an all around game. He’s definitely in that talk for Most Improved Player. One more triple double puts him at the top of the Pacers’ list for season triple doubles.
The Pacers did all they could to at least control this game as they outscore the Bucks in three of the four quarters. They put up 35 in that final quarter to seal the deal, and it’s great to see such a strong quarter for the team. I knew with all the distractions that the trade had brought about, the Pacers would need all hands on deck for this game.
Now they head back home for a couple of games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and the Milwaukee Bucks again on Thursday. Two great chances to get the momentum going at home and go into March on the right note. We’ll probably see Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen available for that Tuesday game. Time to see how this trade shakes out for the Pacers on the floor.