Post-Game Grades: Pacers Mount Unreal Comeback, Shellshock Wizards

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The Good: The fight after the break. Indiana trailed by 19 but didn’t let it overcome them. Instead, the team — and particularly its young leader — dug in and came back with a vengeance. It was a glorious, commanding, unbelievable win. This is the type of win that can change the course of an entire season.

The Bad: Second quarter offense. Among the most miserable things you’ll ever see.

MVP: Paul George. Beast. His line in the second half: 24 minutes, 28 points, 7-for-10 shooting, 6-for-8 from 3, 8-for-10 from the line, 8 rebounds, 2 steals. He just turned 24 the other day. The Wizards should be grateful he left prisoners.

LVP: Luis Scola. You’re not helping.

X Factor: FT shooting. If the Pacers don’t go 19-for-29 (65.5%) the drama may not have been needed.

Indiana Pacers 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Washington Wizards
David West, PF 44 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +15

Well he sure wasn’t great — defensively or shooting wise — early but did make up for it. Strong second half and 8 dimes is transcendent.

Paul George, SF 46 MIN | 12-20 FG | 8-10 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 39 PTS | 0

Jesus Walks.

Roy Hibbert, C 39 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +16

My man.

George Hill, PG 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +18

The early aggression sparked the team. I don’t think they win without his first-quarter energy, and his series-long defense continues to impress.

Lance Stephenson, SG 41 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | +15

A lot of Yikes stuff, but knocked down some big shots.

Luis Scola, PF 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -18

Maybe head back to Buenos Aires to make sure Messi is ready for the World Cup.

Evan Turner, SF 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -9

Do you also have Argentina ties? Either way, I hear the Falklands are nice this time of year.

Ian Mahinmi, C 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -7

Not good.

C.J. Watson, PG 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -15

OK.

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