Tim Donahue: But, Seriously, Pacers Rally to Beat Hornets
I wanted to try really hard to bail on this game, but the truth of the matter is that there
was nothing else to do, and I was too lazy to try really hard. Despite my first version of
these grades, I ended up watching the whole game, which really came down to the Pacers
showing up and being absolutely dominant for one quarter, then making plays down the
There were two key junctures of Indiana’s 81-75 victory. First was the third quarter,
where the Pacers outscored New Orleans 24-7, while holding the Hornets to 35 points per
100. It allowed the Blue-and-Gold to completely erase a 17-point halftime deficit, despite
missing five of their eight free throw attempts.
The second came over the final 3:40, where Indiana finished the game on a 16-5 run.
Lance Stephenson chipped in 4 points – including a crucial put back of a Paul George miss
and a layup set up beautifully by George Hill. Hill himself has become the kind of player
that is capable of making big contributions, even when he was struggling. The mark of a
And then, of course, was David West. West scored eight of the Pacers’ final 16 points,
including a classic mid-range fadeaway to give Indy a 79-75 lead with under 15 seconds
left. By the time, West and the Pacers were done, they were four games over .500, only
percentage points behind Chicago for the Central Division lead.
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