Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 104, UTA 84
by Scott Agness | December 19, 2012
Looking to bounce back from a tough loss in Milwaukee, the Pacers' stifling defense stalled the Utah Jazz (14-13) Wednesday evening. The Pacers' (14-12) held the Jazz offense in check all night—most notably to just eight second quarter points—and the Pacers led by as many as 32 in a 104-84 stomping.
Roy Hibbert got the Pacers started, hitting on his four attempts in the first five minutes. The Pacers shot 62 percent from the field and used two first quarter runs to build the lead up to eight. The points piled up in a hurry and at the end of the first quarter, the Pacers—averaging 91.1 points per game this season—had 31.
Both teams started the next quarter slowly, but once Pacers coach Frank Vogel brought back a few starters, they built on their lead. The Jazz went 3-for-20 from the field in the quarter and were outscored 28-2 in the paint. It was arguably the Pacers' best defensive quarter of the year. Three Pacers were in double-figures as they held a 53-31 advantage at the break.
Utah's offensive struggles continued into the third, as not one Jazz player made multiple shots for the second-consecutive quarter. The Pacers took their biggest lead in the third, 73-41 on a jumper from David West, who scored nine of his 13 points in the period. The Jazz however, closed the quarter strong, going on a 10-2 run but were still down by 25.
D.J. Augustin played the final 12 minutes, his first action in four games, and every active Pacers player saw the court. The Pacers pushed over the century mark and shot a season-high 51 percent in a 104-84 win.
Inside the Numbers
Gerald Green was the high scorer of the night with a season-high 21 points, going 7-of-12 from the field. Five Pacers finished in double figures and 10 different players scored.
With 20 points and 11 rebounds, Paul George has recorded back-to-back double-doubles, and his fourth of the season. He also tied his career-high with four blocks. David West had 13 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 12.
Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Alec Burks added 12 points and Enes Kanter contributed nine points and nine rebounds.
Indiana broke the 100-point threshold for the first time in 13 games.
The Pacers fired 51 percent from the field and scored 52 points in the paint, both season-highs.
The Pacers improve to 6-2 on the second night of a back-to-back; the Jazz, on the other hand, have lost four straight on the back end of two straight games.
Gordon Hayward’s line: eight points, two rebounds, five turnovers in 13 minutes.
“Clearly last night’s loss to the Bucks didn’t sit well with our guys. They came out very focused in tonight’s game, [and] really brought it in the first half.” – Frank Vogel
“The defense led to offense a lot for us tonight and it hasn’t done that enough for us this year... our offense is coming. When we didn’t get stuff that was created by our defense, we executed well on the offense end.” – Frank Vogel
“It was the ball movement. Guys were getting to the paint, making the extra pass and shots were falling. We did a good job of knocking down open shots. We ran the floor, got easy buckets but that comes with our defense first.” – Gerald Green on the offense.
“It’s tough when a team is knocking shots down and defending well. It kinda drains you and [that’s what] we were able to do. We took away the transition game, which we knew they were good at and we attacked them on the other end.” – Paul George
Stat of the Game
Coach Vogel said pregame that the Jazz were the most physical team they’d face all year. Indiana controlled the paint (52-28) and held Utah’s frontcourt duo of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson to a combined 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting.
- The Pacers have won the last two meetings.
- Ben Hansbrough said he has a grade-one sprain in his left shoulder after "the big man caught him" going around a screen.
- Brownsburg native Gordon Hayward made his third appearance at the Fieldhouse as a pro.
- The Pacers wore their gold uniforms.
The Pacers are on the road for their next two games, both this weekend. Friday, they’re in Cleveland (7:30 PM EST) and Saturday they’ll battle New Orleans (8:00 PM EST).