Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 101, CHA 77
Scott Agness | February 13, 2013
The Pacers wanted a win heading into the All-Star break. No, they needed one after dropping their past two games, both at home. Paul George’s memorable performance – his first career triple-double – along with five others in double figures helped the Pacers return to the win column with a 101-77 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Charlotte came to Indy after a big win over Boston, which snapped the Celtics’ eight-game win streak. The Pacers’ challenge would be even greater with David West sidelined for the first time since joining the Pacers due to a scratched left eye. His absence elevated Tyler Hansbrough to the starting lineup and he took advantage of the situation.
Given the additional playing time, Hansbrough finished with his best output in 20 games – 19 points, 10 rebounds.
The game opened as an offensive battle. Both teams shot over 54 percent and combined for 59 points and the Pacers led by one after 12 minutes. Then Indiana slowed Charlotte, holding the Bobcats to 23 percent shooting the rest of the way.
Paul George showed he had a short-term memory and responded well to his 1-for-10 performance last game, when he finished with just five points. George’s all-around performance, the bulk of it coming in the second half when the Pacers distanced themselves, is as impressive as it gets for the 22-year-old. The All-Star has enhanced his role on the team and remains hungry.
The Pacers won all facets of the game, which had coach Frank Vogel smiling and speechless when pressed for what didn’t go well tonight. They dominated the paint, won the boards, took numerous charges, limited their turnovers and were unselfish with the ball. It was about as complete of a game as the Pacers have played all season.
This type of game – a 24-point win – was exactly what this Pacers team needed before a long weekend off and after 53 games. George and Gerald Green will now head to Houston to participate in All-Star weekend while most of their teammates spend time with family and friends in another city. One thing is for certain – they will all enjoy the rest and relaxation.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George became the third Pacers player to record a triple-double this season, joining Roy Hibbert and David West. George exited the game to a standing ovation for his 23 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 12 assists.
With 19 points and 10 rebounds, Tyler Hansbrough registered his second double-double this season. In double figures for the second game in a row, Jeff Pendergraph finished with 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Byron Mullens led the Bobcats with 19 points in 35 minutes. Bismack Biyombo missed all but seven of his shots but snatched down a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Pacers turned the ball over just twice in the first half and seven times in the game, which tied their season-low.
The Pacers outscored the Bobcats in the paint 50-20, and converted 18 offensive rebounds into 20 points.
"Heck of a team win, a lot of guys stepping up. Obviously, (it was) a great defensive effort, holding that team to 31 percent shooting." – Frank Vogel
"It's an exception when he has a tough night anymore. We knew he was going to bounce back and have a pretty solid game... It was a beast of a triple-double." – Frank Vogel on Paul George
"It all came in the course of trying to do whatever I could out there, not only to win the game but to try and extend the lead... I knew I needed a big game. I didn’t play well at all (in Monday’s loss) and didn't help to win that game. I knew I had to have a better game. I wasn’t having intentions of coming out and having a triple-double, but I knew I had to be more aggressive this game." – Paul George on his triple-double
"The last couple of games we really struggled letting teams hang around. We did a good job of just applying pressure and continuing to take it to the next level." – Paul George on responding to two straight losses
“I feel like I can get a better rhythm coming straight from warm-ups. Also I think a little more focus. I’m not going in and trying to force things. (I'm) just relaxed and letting things come to me. I think relaxing and letting the game come to me is a big deal." – Tyler Hansbrough
“When people go down, other people have stepped up all year long and that just shows we’re a deep, complete team and when we’re all clicking on all cylinders, we’re one tough team to beat." – George Hill
Stat of the Game
The Bobcats connected on 12-of-21 attempts (57 percent) in the first quarter. Over the next three quarters, they were 14-for-61—a 23 percent clip.
- The Pacers have won the last three meetings with the Bobcats and nine straight against them in Indy.
- In their last two meetings, the Pacers have won by 27 and 24 points, respectively—their two largest wins of the season.
- Bismack Biyombo was given a flagrant-one foul and Gerald Green got tagged with a technical foul during a sequence in the second quarter.
- Tyler Hansbrough started his first game in two years.
- Danny Granger wasn’t quite ready to make his debut. Coach Vogel is hoping another week – during the All-Star break – will help Granger’s “sharpness on the court,” and give him the confidence to make all the moves he needs to make.
The Pacers have almost four days off for the All-Star break. They’ll return to action in a week, hosting the New York Knicks on February 20th at 7 PM EST. The game features the College Night by Indiana National Guard ticket offer. Find Tickets »