Just two days after the Pacers lost on the road to the Heat, they were on national television again, but this time it was against a contender in the west. The Rockets have established themselves as a true contender, and they would be using this game against as a measuring stick.
After the game was over, it seems as if they want a re-measurement.
After the first quarter was over, the Rockets were down 25-20, and that would be as close as they’d get for the rest of the night. The Pacers’ offense exploded, and they scored at combined 62 points in the second and third quarters. The Pacers seemed to be the team that wanted it more, and they were hustling to every loose ball, and outrebounded the Rockets, 50-36.
Paul George had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Lance Stephenson finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists. The Pacers had 41 points off the bench, including a five point performance from Danny Granger in just 22 minutes. Overall this Pacers’ defense showed how great it truly is, holding a powerful offense to just 81 points.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds, but James Harden shot just 3 of 14 from the field, and the Rockets couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean from a boat. They shot just 38 percent from the field, and they looked frustrated all night. This was a good bounce back win for the Pacers, who are now 21-5 on the season. The Houston Rockets fall to 17-10, and they are right back at it against Detroit on Saturday night.