Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM at Quicken Loans Arena
Instant Rewind (Preseason): IND 100, CLE 82
by Scott Agness
Indiana went into Cleveland Tuesday with four of its five starters for the first time and came out with a quality win, 100-82.
The Pacers used an early 9-0 run to take an 11-6 lead five minutes in. Danny Granger contributed in a hurry, scoring 6 points in just a few minutes. Making his preseason debut, Granger had 9 points and 3 rebounds in the 12 minutes Coach Vogel allotted. D.J. Augustin, filling in all preseason at point guard for injured George Hill (hip), was credited with six assists in his first 13 minutes of play.
After trading the lead 9 times, the Pacers regained it for good, 32-31, on a Gerald Green bucket with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter and never looked back. Fouls allowed the Cavaliers to keep it close in the first half, outscoring the Pacers by 10 from the charity stripe at intermission, though they trailed 51 to 45.
To begin the fourth quarter, the Pacers used another run, 14-4, to build on their lead (17) and finish it off. They outscored the Cavaliers 22-11 in the fourth quarter.
Coach Vogel emptied his bench with a few minutes remaining and coasted to a 100-82 victory. David West led Indiana with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is back this season from injury and scored 20 points while Alonzo Gee chipped in 18 for Cleveland.
The Pacers improved to 4-2 in the preseason.
Inside the Numbers
Ian Mahinmi came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and he grabbed 6 rebounds. Lance Stephenson also had a particularly good night, finishing in double-figures with 10 points and registering 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
Gerald Green, who was on the floor when the Pacers went on two of their biggest runs, scored 13.
The Cavs had a dreadful fourth quarter, scoring just 4 points in the first 8 minutes and 11 in total.
Washington, Indiana native Tyler Zeller recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds in his first start while holding Roy Hibbert to four points.
Stat of the Game
The Pacers shot well (48%) and more often than not, found the open teammate. D.J. Augustin led the Pacers with 11 assists, 42% of the Pacers’ total assists (26 on 38 field goals).
"I’m trying to make strides but it felt pretty good. I just got to play through some of the pain and loosen up a little bit. I had a little pain but not much. The big thing is how I bounce back tomorrow." – Danny Granger
"His shot making wasn’t rusty. His movement was a little rusty. You can tell he hasn’t played [for] a while in a game. He made some plays, made some good defensive plays. He looked good." – Frank Vogel on Danny Granger
"That was definitely his best preseason game. (He had) just one turnover which is terrific. You talk about LeBron James being a freight train, he’s clearly not LeBron James being 6’8 and all, but he’s a freight train in the open court. He gets the ball with a head of steam and finds alleys and avenues to the basket and makes great decisions at the end of the drive. That’s a heck of a weapon." – Vogel on Lance Stephenson
"It’s been tough for me. This team is already established so I’m just coming in and trying to find what I’m supposed to do on the floor. It’s been hard for me to find a rhythm but tonight I felt pretty good. I just found my role and did what I could.” – D.J. Augustin
- All but George Hill (hip pointer) dressed and played.
- Sam Young did something unheard of: He hopped the Pacers bench, ran down to the other end behind the scorer’s table, and then jumped the front row to get back into the action.
- Young's wasn’t the only unconventional move. Later, Lance Stephenson jumped and had nowhere to pass it, so he bounced the ball off teammate Augustin’s back, and then swung it over to Green to knock down a long-range shot.
- Tyler Zeller—a rookie from Washington, Indiana—made his first start in the NBA.
- Zeller was teammates with Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough for one season at the University of North Carolina, in 2009, when they won a National Championship.
Indiana closes the preseason Friday at Notre Dame versus division-rival Chicago (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Indiana and 1070 The Fan). The Pacers open the regular season Oct. 31st in Toronto with the home-opener to follow on Nov. 3rd. Purchase Tickets for Opening Night »