The Utah Jazz haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire this season, as they had accumulated a 21-37 record prior to arriving in Indiana on Sunday evening. However, the Jazz were 20-23 after a ghastly 1-14 start, and they were able to give the Indiana Pacers all the wanted before finally succumbing to a 94-91 defeat.
Utah actually possessed a 1-point halftime lead in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the Pacers came alive after the break in order to improve to 29-3 at home this season. It wasn’t exactly an aesthetically pleasing effort from Indy (see the 4th quarter for details), but Paul George and David West were both quite effective. West finished with 25 points on 11-for-17 from the field, and George had his typical all-court game, putting up 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals to lead the way.
On the Jazz side, it was a balanced effort with five players in double-digits, but ball security really doomed Utah in the end. The Jazz committed 18 turnovers to just 10 for the Pacers, and when playing in a hostile environment against an elite team, the last thing that a struggling team wants to do is create additional offensive opportunities for the opponent.
Winning “pretty” isn’t always the standard operating procedure for the Indiana Pacers, but they keep chugging along with victory after victory.