Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Quicken Loans Arena
Game Rewind: IND 111, CLE 90
by Scott Agness | March 16, 2013 | Updated 9:45 PM
Tyler Hansbrough started the game and Gerald Green stole the show with four triples and multiple highlight-worthy dunks. The Pacers rebounded from two-consecutive losses and had no problem dismantling the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-90.
The Cavaliers (22-45) were without their top two players, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, because of injury, but they got off to a sweltering start. They scored on six of their first seven possessions and soon led by seven. The Pacers (41-26) then scored 11-straight points and took over the lead, which they held on to for the remainder of the game.
Indiana’s bench was outstanding all game long, but more so in the second when they helped extend the margin to 17. Gerald Green, who hadn’t played in nine of their last 11 games, hit three outside shots and scored 11 points during a Pacers 16-3 run. Orlando Johnson had three shots fall and he scored seven points in five minutes. After hitting just three of their first 14 field goals, the Pacers made 19 of their final 30 shots in the half and had a 60-45 halftime lead.
Inserted into the starting lineup for the second time this season, Hansbrough excelled. He got the start because David West was unable to go because of lower back sprain, which first acted up in the second half of Saturday’s loss in Philadelphia. Hansbrough scored nine of his 18 points in the third quarter. Jeff Pendergraph drained the first 3-pointer of his three-year NBA career and the Pacers were in charge, 87-62, after the third quarter.
Not only did the Pacers win big, but Frank Vogel was able to empty his bench for the final five minutes of the game. None of the starters, including Hansbrough, played in the fourth quarter. Most of them played about 23 minutes, which is about 12 minutes below average. That becomes especially important as the regular-season winds down.
It was an all-around great game, and good win, for the Pacers. They are now two games away from clinching a playoff spot.
Inside the Numbers
With 20 points, two shy of his season-high, Gerald Green led the Pacers in scoring for just the second time this season. It was also his first time in double figures since Jan. 16th. He went 7-of-13 from the field, 4-of-7 from behind the arc and also pulled in six rebounds.
Tyler Hansbrough registered his first double-double since his last started for David West on Feb. 13. He had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season; they are 3-0 when had has done so. Jeff Pendergraph nailed his first career 3-pointer and finished with 11 points – just his third game this season in double figures.
C.J. Miles had another stellar game against the Pacers, scoring a game-high 21 points. He knocked down four 3-pointers, including three within a two minute span in the second quarter. Tristan Thompson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana native and Cavs rookie Tyler Zeller tallied eight points and six boards.
Indiana was +12 on the boards and +16 in points scored in the paint.
The Pacers assisted on 29 of 39 made field goals.
The Pacers improved to 16-3 when scoring at least 100 points. They are also now 21-5 when holding their opponent under 40 percent shooting.
“[We] got a big lift, particularly, in the first half by Gerald Green, coming in there and getting a second opportunity after being out of the rotation for a while. He gave us a good lift.” – Frank Vogel
“I’m just trying to win the basketball game. It’s not about my moment, it’s about us winning. Trying to win this division title.” – Gerald Green
“Tyler Hansbrough is a starter in this league, that we have coming off the bench. Jeff Pendergraph is maybe a starter as well. He’s a quality backup and he doesn’t get any minutes because of the depth we have.” – Frank Vogel
“No it’s not. When you have a guy like David West, your minutes are going to be sporadic. It’s a different mentality when you come off the bench.” – Tyler Hansbrough on if it’s difficult coming off the bench
“We played a very good team that’s obviously playing for something special. They came out and took it to us right from the get go ... I think it starts from the interior. Roy [Hibbert], David West, [Tyler] Hansbrough, all of those guys are just much more physical than our guys. That’s the bottom line. That’s where it starts.” – Cavs head coach Byron Scott
Stat of the Game
Not counting 18 points from Hansbrough, who was in the starting lineup, the Pacers’ bench totaled 52 points, tied for its highest contribution of the season.
- The Pacers have won the last five meetings.
- Gerald Green earned a technical foul in the second quarter for throwing the ball hard onto the floor.
- Marreese Speights was given a flagrant-2 foul and thus ejected for not making a play on the ball and pulling Paul George down around the neck.
- Dion Waiters played the entire 1st quarter and scored four points but didn’t return due to soreness in his left knee.
- With David West and Danny Granger both out, the Pacers’ roster averages 2.5 years of experience.