The Indiana Pacers are good on defense.
That is one of the biggest understatements in the NBA today. The Pacers put that defense on display on Saturday night against the Pelicans, and it was a thing of beauty. The game didn’t start out well for the Pacers though, as the Pelicans were up 27-15 after the first quarter, and it looked like the Pelicans had a firm grasp on this one.
The Pacers would still trail by five going into the half, and it would take a valiant effort y Indiana to pull this one out. They did just that, and their patented defense would show up. The Pelicans only scored a measly 12 points in the third quarter, and the Pacers looked scary good on defense. They were swarming to the ball, and the Pelicans couldn’t get anything going.
The Pacers would score 55 points in the second half, and this was enough to come away with the victory. Indiana would lead by as much as 20 in the final period, and they ended up winning 99-82. The fact that the Pacers held an NBA team to 82 points shows how good this defense really is.
Paul George had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Pacers, and he would lead all scorers. Lance Stephenson had 19 points, and Danny Granger had 13 off the bench. Eric Gordon had 21 for New Orleans in the loss, and they are short-handed after Ryan Anderson suffered a serious injury on Friday night. The Pacers are now 26-6, and the Pelicans fall to 15-17.