Pacers soar higher than opponents, defeat Hawks


For once, it was the Indiana Pacers offense, not their defense, that lead them to a victory in Atlanta.

A road win is a road win, no matter how small. Or something like that. I’m not exactly sure what the phrase is, but a win is a win and the Indiana Pacers got one in this game against Atlanta.

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The Pacers are back on a three-game win streak after losing two in a row last week. They played a solid offensive game, shooting well both from the field and the outside. They also got to the line a whopping 33 times, which helped them both score a lot and stay efficient. This has plagued them in the past, so it was good to see them get this on track for a night.

On the flip side, their defense wasn’t as sharp as it usually is. They gave up 121 to a putrid Hawks team, and they were giving up wide open shots left and right. Thankfully, the Pacers were able to get a lot of steals (13) and free throws (24) to counteract this.

Also, Tyreke Evans finally had a good game. Considering how poorly he has been playing of late, this was a much-needed performance.

Highlights? Highlights.

Also, Myles Turner has a block streak going, and he kept it alive tonight.

Tyreke. Finally.


Evans had been shooting 32.4 percent from the field since the first game in which he started for Victor Oladipo. His 9.2 points and 2.5 assists per game over the same span are not stats that will cut it for a guy who was supposed to be a huge help for the team.

But tonight, Evans was huge. 19 points, 5 assists, and just 1 turnover is the player Indiana thought they were getting when they signed him this summer. Hopefully, this is a player the team sees more in the future.

Aggressively attacking works against bad defenses

The Hawks entered this game with the 24th rated defense in the league. Their rim protectors aren’t super solid, and the Pacers pressured the rim to exploit this weakness.

The Hawks couldn’t keep up. The Pacers got 33 free throws, and they hit over 70 percent of them. That is a recipe for success, and it worked well tonight.

Everybody Eats

8 players scored in double figures in this game, everyone who played except for Doug McDermott found a way to score well. The team also had 35 assists. It was a true team performance on offense, and it worked to perfection.

Player grades:

PG. Indiana Pacers. DARREN COLLISON. B. 11 points, 8 assists, and only 1 turnover. He also hit 50 percent of his 3s. This was the DC we saw last year, and hopefully, one we see more again soon.

It’s weird to see Vic less involved, but he is still thriving in his lesser usage role. 16/7/7 is a great stat line, but Oladipo didn’t shoot well from the field.. SG. Indiana Pacers. VICTOR OLADIPO. B

Bojan did not shoot well, 3/10 from the field and 1/6 from deep. But he got to the line 10 times and hit 9, which kept his efficiency up. Just an okay game from Bogey.. SF. Indiana Pacers. BOJAN BOGDANOVIC. B -

The Thad we know and love. 21 points and 5 rebounds while doing everything at a solid level. Young is just awesome.. PF. Indiana Pacers. THADDEUS YOUNG. A

C. Indiana Pacers. MYLES TURNER. B -. 11 points and 6 rebounds were fine, but the 3 fouls he had early weren’t great and kept his stellar defense off the court for longer than normal. His 4 assists tied a season high.

A. +24 in 29 minutes, need I say more? Sabonis was excellent with 19 points and 8 rebounds. As usual for him.. C. Indiana Pacers. DOMANTAS SABONIS

A -. 14 points and 6 assists is an excellent stat line from your backup point guard. 5/7 shooting (2/3 from deep) and 3 steals was icing on the cake. 4 fouls were less than ideal, though.. PG. Indiana Pacers. CORY JOSEPH

C -. Clunk. 1/4 from deep. 1 rebound. 1 assist. Not great from McDermott, but he didn’t turn it over or foul.. SF. Indiana Pacers. DOUG MCDERMOTT

A. Have I said finally yet?<p>19 points on 7/9 shooting are great. 5 assists are solid. 4/4 from 3 is awesome. I want to see more of this Reke.</p>. SG. Indiana Pacers. TYREKE EVANS

Next. Vote the Indiana Pacers into the NBA All-Star game. dark

The Pacers come back home to take on the Detroit Pistons at home on Friday night.