The Pacers were thoroughly outplayed in Game 6 down in Miami on Friday night. The Heat, with a 117-92 victory, become just the fourth team in NBA history to make four straight NBA Finals appearances, the first since Larry Bird’s 1984-87 Boston Celtics.
After totaling just one point before the break, Paul George got going offensively in the second half. He scored 15 in the third quarter and 28 in the second half, but it was all much too late. The Pacers never got the game back to a reasonable margin the rest of the way — the closest they got was 22. This team was at its best when they brought a balanced attack and made it difficult for their opponents defensively, and that wasn’t the case in this one. More-Top-
Back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, the Pacers weren't thinking about winning three games. Their simple focus was on taking it one game at a time. Having beaten the Heat three times already at home this season gave them confidence.
Indiana trailed by nine points at half, but outscored Miami by 16 points in the third period to overcome an 11-point deficit. Paul George exploded in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 in the frame – more than any other player for the entire game – to lead the Pacers to a 93-90 victory. More-Top-
The Pacers sought to leave Miami with a win and to make it a best-of-three series. The Miami Heat had different intentions, and came out with tremendous energy from the tip on both ends. They led from the outset, by as many as 23 points and rolled to a 102-90 victory Monday night at American Airlines Arena.
Behind 32 points from four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, the Heat have seized a 3-1 lead in the series that moves back to Indianapolis for Game 5 on Wednesday. More-Top-
The Pacers had success in the early going, leading the entire first half and by as many as 15 points. However, the Heat stayed the course and raised their intensity, particularly on the defensive end, which the Pacers didn’t handle well enough.
Miami, the two-time defending champions, used a 12-3 run to close the third quarter to take the lead for good and hand Indiana its second consecutive loss. 99-87 was the final Saturday night at American Airlines Arena, giving the Heat a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series. More-Top-
The Pacers had the opportunity to take a 2-0 lead on the Miami Heat in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series. In a back-and-forth clash featuring 21 lead changes and neither team leading by more than eight points – indicative of playoff basketball – Miami’s superstars took over late, as they typically do.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had a hand in every one of Miami’s final 33 points, including all 25 in the final quarter. The Heat used a 13-2 run in the middle of the fourth to turn a four-point hole into a seven-point lead en route to an 87-83 victory Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More-Top-
Seeing “MIAMI” on the opposing team’s jersey brought out the best in the Pacers on Sunday afternoon, just as it typically does when they face off against the two-time defending champions. This rematch was what they had wanted all season, ever since the Heat ended their season in seven games last year.
The Pacers had one of their finest offensive performances of their season, shooting better than 51 percent and scoring a playoff-high 107 points in a 107-96 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. More-Top-
The Pacers handled their business Thursday night at the Verizon Center, finishing off the Washington Wizards in six games, 93-80, to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season. David West shouldered the load, with 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half.
The Wizards, who were coming off a 23-point beatdown of the Pacers in Indianapolis Tuesday night, took their only lead of the second half on a Bradley Beal triple. From there, the Pacers outscored the Wizards 20-6 over the final 8:30 to secure the win, and the series. More-Top-
The Pacers entered Tuesday’s game winners of three in a row and with the chance to finish off the Washington Wizards in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Instead of disposing of them and picking up some much-needed rest, the Pacers were thoroughly outplayed in a 102-79 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said afterwards that he felt his team lacked the desperation and physicality needed to compete with a hungry Wizards team that wasn’t ready to go home for good. The Pacers trailed by as many as 30 points and were bullied on the glass, 62-23. In turn, the Wizards kept the seven-game series alive with the win, but the Pacers still have a 3-2 advantage. More-Top-
The Pacers rallied from 19 points down and outscored the Washington Wizards by 20 in the second half en route to a 95-92 win at the Verizon Center Sunday night. After dropping Game 1, they’ve won three straight games, including both road games, in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The Pacers have now taken a commanding 3-1 lead with the chance to close it out Tuesday night in front of their own fans.
Paul George was the catalyst, scoring 28 of his playoff career-high 39 points – just two points shy of Reggie Miller’s franchise record for the postseason – in the second half. He played all 24 minutes and equaled his playoff career-high for 47 minutes in a game. Postgame, coach Frank Vogel admitted that he thought about resting his star or at least moving him off of Bradley Beal but George replied, “I want the matchup.” More-Top-
The Pacers got back to their identity, playing smashmouth basketball – a term coach Frank Vogel has been using since he took over in 2011 – with their defense leading the way. Their smothering defense didn’t allow more than 18 points in a quarter all night and helped lead to offense at the other end.
It was an historic defensive performance by the Pacers Friday night in our nation’s capital. They held the Wizards to 63 points, a franchise playoff low for both the home team and an Indiana opponent. As a result of their dominant display of defense, the Pacers earned a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and have taken back homecourt advantage. More-Top-
Yet again, the Pacers had their backs against the wall to start a series when they hosted the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Indiana needed a win to avoid going down 0-2 in a series, where history isn’t on their side. Roy Hibbert made his presence felt in a big way, with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds, to lead the Pacers to an 86-82 victory on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Bradley Beal brought the Wizards within two after hitting from outside with 11.4 seconds to play, but David West sealed the win with two free throws and Trevor Ariza missed on a deep shot. In a fitting end to the night, Hibbert grabbed the final rebound, his ninth, and smiled big as the Pacers evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. More-Top-
The top-seeded Pacers were hosts on Monday night to the Washington Wizards, who had dropped 12 straight games in Indianapolis, including two this season by 20 or more points. But this is a different Wizards team, and one that is playing with an edge after knocking off the Chicago Bulls in five games to move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Wizards, who had five days between games, beat the Pacers in their own game – playing physical, hard-nosed basketball – and stole Game 1 of their best-of-seven series, 102-96. It is Washington's their fourth consecutive playoff road win, with Game 2 coming on Wednesday. More-Top-
For the first time in NBA franchise history, the Pacers hosted a Game 7 in their building. It was an electrifying atmosphere with screaming fans decked out in their Gold Out t-shirts.
It may have taken longer than they had hoped, but the Pacers looked like the better team with a 92-80 beating of the Atlanta Hawks Saturday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the third consecutive season, the Pacers are on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which they’ll open at home Monday night against the Washington Wizards. More-Top-
The Pacers entered Thursday’s game in Atlanta on the brink of elimination, trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series to the eighth-seeded Hawks. Pacers coach Frank Vogel utilized different lineups, going small to match the Hawks’ size and foot speed and it proved to be effective.
David West, the backbone of the Pacers, was the ‘Bad Man’ that he is down the stretch, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. After Hawks center Pero Antic knotted the game at 85, West beat his defender and sank a jumper with 46.5 seconds left to put the Pacers in front for good. In their 95-88 win at Philips Arena, the Pacers closed the game on a 16-4 run to extend the series and force a decisive Game 7 on the court — in Indianapolis Saturday night. More-Top-
The Pacers were back home in front of their home crowd Monday night, seeking to become the first team in this best-of-seven first round series to win consecutive games. They won three of the quarters, but got burned by a hot-shooting Atlanta Hawks team in a 107-97 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers now have two days between games, ahead of what is truly a must-win Game 6 in Atlanta on Thursday night. Vogel says he’ll “consider anything at this point,” in terms of rotations. There’s a very good chance they’ll play smaller, as they did while finding success over the final 17 minutes. More-Top-
The Pacers avoided a 3-1 series deficit with a gritty 91-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series at Philips Arena. Now even at two games apiece, the Pacers and Hawks will return to Indianapolis for Game 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday night.
Paul George led Indiana with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including four 3-pointers) and 10 rebounds, registering his fourth double-double in as many playoff games. David West poured in 18 points on 7-of-13 from the field, and George Hill added 15 points on 5-of-8. More-Top-
As has been case in all three games in this best-of-seen series, the third quarter proved to be the difference. The Hawks got off to an 11-4 start in the third, outscored the Pacers by eight in the period and made 6-of-12 shots beyond the arc. The Pacers trailed for the majority of the game and never won a quarter in a 98-85 loss Thursday night at Philips Arena.
The Pacers, who dropped behind 2-1 in the First Round series, thought they found something in Game 2 with various matchups. After a poor shooting half for both teams – really all game – the Hawks converted 3-point shots and received nearly double the amount of opportunities at the foul line (37 to 21). The Pacers led for less than a minute in the second half and were outplayed to the final buzzer. More-Top-
After two days of trying to diagnose the problems in their Game 1 loss, the Pacers made a few changes but mostly stayed the course and got back to playing the way they did in the first 40 games of the season.
They bodied up on guys, wore them down, played with an attitude and received a big night from Paul George, among others. The Pacers were the aggressors in the second half and mustered up a 32-6 run, including 19 straight in the third quarter, rolling past the Hawks 101-85 to knot their first round series at a game apiece before heading to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. More-Top-
13 days ago, the Atlanta Hawks came into Bankers Life Fieldhouse and leveled the Pacers by 19 points. That should’ve been motivation enough. But the Pacers struggled slowing Indy native Jeff Teague and forward Paul Millsap, both of whom put up at least 25 points. Not even a sold-out crowd dressed in "Gold Out" attire could will the team to victory on this night.
Final: Hawks 101, Pacers 93 — and the game was not as close as the score indicates. The Hawks stole one on Indiana’s floor and have taken a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven First Round matchup. More-Top-
Indiana wrapped up the 2013-14 regular season in the land of Disney down in Orlando Wednesday night. The Pacers won all four quarters, led by six at halftime and by as many as 19 in the second half as they trounced the Magic (23-59), 101-86, at the Amway Center.
With their number one seed and first-round matchup already locked in, Pacers coach Frank Vogel utilized a variety of lineups that allowed a number of players to shine. Six Pacers finished in double-figures for the second game in a row, both wins. More-Top-
The Pacers’ regular-season finale featured numerous storylines, headlined by the need for this team to find itself. With two games remaining and the top seed in the Eastern Conference still undecided, the Pacers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in an afternoon showing televised nationally on ABC.
Three Pacers had 20-plus points, Stephenson recorded his league-leading fifth triple-double of the season, and two reserves finished with season-best outputs. Despite 23 turnovers, the Pacers finished off the Thunder, 102-97, snapping a three-game skid in the series. More-Top-
Indiana was in Miami Friday night, looking for improved play and to grab full control of the No. 1 seed. Following an effective first period, the Pacers became flustered by Miami’s aggressiveness and failed to find a flow for the much of the rest of the night of the night.
The Heat (54-25) expanded their three-point halftime lead to 19 less than five minutes into the second half by scoring 16 straight points, which, as Pacers (54-26) coach Frank Vogel said postgame, “was too much to overcome.” LeBron James exploded for 36 points to lead the Dwyane Wade-less Heat to a 98-86 victory. More-Top-
Tied at 102 with 4.9 seconds left, Chris Copeland hit a game-winning runner in the lane to lift the Pacers (53-25) past the Milwaukee Bucks (14-63), 104-102. The win snaps a six-game road losing streak and, combined with a Miami loss in Memphis, has the Pacers back atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Not only did Indiana get a win without its starters, but the team clearly had fun and chemistry may have been improved in the process. Looking ahead to Miami on Friday, the starters will return and will have had three days to rest and heal up. More-Top-
The Pacers turned in a disappointing performance Sunday evening with the Atlanta Hawks in town. Both teams still had plenty to play for. Indiana entered the night still fighting to capture the top seed in the East and more importantly, to return to their winning ways. Atlanta, meanwhile, was trying to maintain control of the eighth and final playoff spot, with the New York Knicks hot on their heels.
Indiana trailed by 20 after just 12 minutes to play and posted the worst half in franchise history. They played much better in the second half, but nothing could make this dreadful showing look pretty. A hot-shooting Atlanta (34-42) team led the entire way en route to a 107-88 victory over the Pacers (53-25). More-Top-
The Pacers (53-24) took a 94-92 lead on the Raptors (44-32) on a jumper from David West with 4:24 to play but they wouldn’t score again, missing their final seven shots, in a 102-94 loss. They’ve now dropped six consecutive road games and nine of 11 as they long for their 20th win away from home this season.
Paul George was magnificent in the second half. That’s where he scored 19 of his game-high 26 points. The Pacers looked like they just might string wins together going ahead by two with 4:24 left. However, they gave up back-to-back baskets off offensive rebounds and couldn’t hit at the other end, including a couple good chances at the rim. The Raptors, who were missing two starters — Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson — due to injuries, scored the game’s final 10 points en route to their second straight victory. More-Top-
The Pacers got back to their winning ways Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, visiting Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the final time this season. Indiana (53-23) snapped its three-game skid by shooting 49 percent, tallying 24 assists, and holding the Pistons (28-48) to 37 percent shooting in a 101-94 victory before the 26th sellout crowd of the season.
Unlike games in recent weeks, the Pacers came out loose and with smiles on their faces — a likely result of a meeting between the starters held the day before, an off day for the team coming off two consecutive games. Their demeanor appeared much improved and their energy was contagious. More-Top-
The Pacers ran into the red-hot San Antonio Spurs Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and left with even more questions. In their only visit of the year to the Fieldhouse, the Spurs (58-16) led by as many as 26 and departed with their 18th consecutive victory, 103-77 over Indiana (52-23).
The team's once-praised camaraderie seems lost, the offensive execution has dipped, and they don’t even recognize themselves on film from games a few months ago, according to David West. More-Top-
Indiana’s offensive woes continued Sunday afternoon as they concluded a two-game road trip in Cleveland. For the fourth time in five games, they failed to top 78 points and shot below 38 percent for the sixth straight game. The Cavaliers (30-45) were the ones with a balanced attack, featuring six players in double figures, and they were finally able to put an end to a nine-game losing streak in the series. The Pacers (52-22) trailed most of the night, by as many as 21, and suffered another double-digit loss: 90-76. More-Top-
Coming off a big win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday, the Pacers had hoped to bottle up that positive energy and take it on the road. Their league-leading defense is there, but their offense has vanished over the last two weeks.
In our Nation’s Capital Friday night, the Pacers (52-21) failed to reach the 80-point mark for the third time in four games and never led in a 91-78 loss to the Washington Wizards (37-35). More-Top-
Neither the Pacers nor the Miami Heat brought much momentum into their third meeting of the season Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Both teams had dropped seven of their past 12 games and had their share of problems. But a battle — and it was a physical test — brought out the best in the East’s top two teams in primetime showcase.
The Pacers (52-20) shot just 37 percent but they got consecutive stops to end the game, an 84-83 victory. With the win, the Pacers have clinched their second straight Central Division title. More-Top-
The Pacers missed out on wrapping up their second straight Central Division title on their division rival's home floor Monday night in Chicago. Their offensive woes continued against the Bulls, the second-ranked defense in the NBA. They shot just 37 percent, failed to score more than 22 points in a quarter and thus were defeated, 89-77.
The opportunities were there for the taking by the Pacers, but they were unsuccessful. They got as close as six, 77-71, on a three-point play from George Hill partway through the fourth quarter, but could get no closer. The Bulls outscored the Pacers by 13 points in the second half and ensured they held serve with the Pacers in the season series at two games apiece. More-Top-
Indiana turned in a feel-good performance on Friday, but was unable to follow it up Saturday night in Memphis. The Grizzlies (41-28) gave the Pacers (51-19) fit all night with their smothering defense and owned the inside game en route to 82-71 victory over the Eastern Conference leaders. Indiana’s 71 points was the team's lowest output of the season.
The loss is the Pacers’ fourth straight double-digit road loss to a Western Conference team. This team hasn’t been particularly good playing games on consecutive nights, and that continued tonight. They dropped to 10-9 on the second night of a back-to-back, with just one more set remaining on the final two days in March.More-Top-
The talk inside the Pacers’ locker room over the last two days centered on ball movement and setting the screen to open opportunities up for their teammates. That’s what was further emphasized Friday night with the Chicago Bulls (38-31), their division rival, in town — and they all committed to the cause.
A revamped second unit created some separation in the second quarter and the starters later added the final blow with a 19-0 run in the third quarter. It’s just one win—the scoreboard showing a solid 91-79 winning score—but the Pacers (51-18) have started the process of playing at a dominant level.More-Top-
The Pacers looked forward to playing on the big stage of Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, and in front of the national audience. Entering the game, they had won four straight but were still working to get back to playing their best basketball.
Yet again they fell behind in the first quarter and trailed for the majority of the game, but this time they weren’t able to successfully complete the comeback. The New York Knicks (28-40) held off a fourth-quarter charge by the Pacers (50-18) for their seventh consecutive victory, 92-86 the final in this one.More-Top-
This one may leave a mark, in a good way. The first half was a mess for the Pacers, who were completing their 18th set of back-to-backs of the season. Their defense struggled getting stops in the first half, as they gave up 60 points. Then, they went to the locker room. Their defense struggled getting stops, and thus they gave up 60 first-half points. Then, they went to the locker room and got an earful from the typically calm and positive coach Frank Vogel.
The Pacers, who trailed by as many as 25, rallied back from 19-point hole at the half to beat the Pistons (25-41), 112-104, though it took an extra session to do so. The Pacers (49-17) clamped down on defense, took care of the ball and each player made an impact as they move to 4-0 on the season in overtime games.More-Top-
Still looking to return to top form in the final month of the regular season, the Pacers were in Philadelphia Friday night looking to string together wins. They led the entire way, but things didn’t come as easy as one would expect when playing a team that hadn’t posted a win since Jan. 31.
The 76ers threatened late and got as close as three points midway through the fourth quarter on a 17-footer from Thaddeus Young that capped a 6-0 spurt. But the Pacers (48-17) protected the rims late and George Hill provided the dagger with a corner 3-pointer as they fended off a rowdy 76ers (15-50) team, 101-94, at the Wells Fargo Center.More-Top-
The Pacers were looking for an emotional jolt heading into Tuesday’s game with the Boston Celtics. They had dropped four straight, their longest streak since the 2011-12 season. Despite the poor play over the last week, Pacers coach Frank Vogel didn’t feel they were too far from their identity, that they just needed to play with greater urgency and compete for a full 48 minutes.
At home for their final meeting of the year against the Boston Celtics, the Pacers showed signs of progress, but still have areas to improve upon. They had a nine-point lead at the half and led the rest of the way, but turnovers and giving up offensive boards helped the Celtics get to within one midway through the fourth period. David West, the catalyst all night, hit a couple big shots, including a bucket plus the foul, to lift the Pacers (47-17) to a 94-83 victory over Boston (22-42).More-Top-
Getting behind early, the Pacers (46-17) had to work their way back from a big hole. They led for about three minutes in the third quarter, but got very little from their bench and turned it over 21 times, in a 105-94 loss to the Mavericks (38-26). Indiana’s losing streak grows to four, which has occurred over a six-day span, is its first since March 2012.
Midway through the fourth, Stephenson buried his third outside shot of the night and George sank two foul shots to pull the Pacers to within two — part of a 7-0 spurt. Mavs guard Devin Harris had eight points off the bench in the fourth and was responsible for the dagger: a triple with 34 seconds left. Indiana was beat to 50-50 balls, struggled to string stops together and gave the ball away 21 times, none of which is an ingredient to be successful.More-Top-
Settled in for their third game in four nights, the Pacers looked to avoid losing three in a row for the first time all season. They were one of three teams, including Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers, that hadn’t — until Friday’s game in Houston.
The Pacers (46-16) scored two quick buckets in the third quarter to make it a three-point game, but were then outscored 38-12 over the final 10 minutes. The Rockets (42-19), who’ve now won four straight and six of their last seven games, once led by 32 and delivered Indiana its largest loss of the season, 112-86.More-Top-
In Charlotte Wednesday night to complete a dreaded back-to-back and hit the hardwood for the fifth time in seven days, the Pacers (46-15) fell behind big early and never were able to take the lead in a 109-87 loss to the Bobcats (28-33). For just the second time this season, the Pacers have dropped consecutive games.
The start to the game was memorable for Indiana, for all the wrong reasons. They managed just eight points, the fewest in NBA franchise history for the first quarter. Coach Frank Vogel was forced to burn two early timeouts as he saw his team miss its first five shots and fall behind by 20 points. The Bobcats, meanwhile, shot 57 percent and forced six turnovers, which allowed them to take a 28-8 lead after 12 minutes.More-Top-
The Pacers’ first seven opponents out of the All-Star break were under .500 yet still gave them a challenge. Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Golden State, a playoff team in the Western Conference, came in fired up to play the best of the East.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson scored 16 in the final quarter, including a go-ahead baseline jumper over George Hill, who returned after missing two games with a bruised left shoulder, with 0.6 seconds remaining.
After a timeout advanced the ball to mid-court the Pacers had a chance to win the game. Hill got the ball to Paul George, who got away from Andre Iguodala, but his attempt from 29-feet didn’t drop. Thompson’s game-winner lifted the Warriors (37-24) to a 98-96 victory, snapping a six-game losing streak in Indianapolis.More-Top-
Facing a team with a losing record for the seventh straight game, the Pacers knew they’d have some elements to overcome with the Utah Jazz in town. First, the Pacers didn’t land in Indy after a game in Boston until nearly 3 a.m. this morning. On top of that, they’ve become a team others are motivated to play against in hopes of stealing a win.
With 3.2 seconds remaining, after two made free throws from Lance Stephenson to put the Pacers ahead by three, the Jazz got the ball to Gordon Hayward. He took a couple dribbles, then got off a great look from 26-feet on the right side but it didn’t drop. Indiana (46-13) survived, 94-91, capturing their fifth straight win Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.More-Top-
The Pacers opened a busy week that includes five games with a 102-97 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night at TD Garden. Though they trailed entering the final period for just the 15th time this year (6-9 in those games), the Pacers held the Celtics to 19 points over the final 12 minutes en route to their fourth straight win.
Not only were the Pacers (45-13) able to close out the Celtics (20-40), they did it with a unique lineup on the floor. With George Hill sidelined due to a bruised left shoulder suffered in Thursday’s win over Milwaukee, Pacers coach Frank Vogel went with his five best players down the stretch. That put newcomer Evan Turner, who scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, at the point.More-Top-
It was the Milwaukee Bucks, the team with the worst record in the NBA. That didn’t matter to Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who stated multiple times Milwaukee was playing better than their record indicated. He also made sure that his players knew that Cleveland had gone into Oklahoma City last night and stolen a victory from the Thunder, who own the best record in the West.
The Bucks didn’t flame out into the background, but rather got to within three points with two minutes to play. Roy Hibbert, who scored a game-high 24 points, hit two foul shots, rebounded a missed layup at the other end and then buried an 11-foot jumper to help lift the Pacers (44-13) to their third consecutive victory — 101-96 the final over Milwaukee (11-46).More-Top-
The Pacers had 27 games to play in the regular season, entering Tuesday’s meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Beginning a stretch of four games against losing teams, including three that are at the cellar of their respective divisions, it’s an ideal time for the Pacers to get back to playing at an elite level and also work in their newest addition, Evan Turner.
After going 3-3 in the their previous six games, the Pacers (43-13) began a win streak, capturing their second win in a row by defeating the injury-depleted Lakers (19-38), who’ve lost six of seven and 13 of their past 16 games, 118-98 before the 18th sellout crowd of the season.More-Top-
The Bucks may have the worst record in the league, but the energy and effort they gave should serve as a reminder to the Pacers that every team is gunning for them. Every team wants to measure itself against the Pacers. And for some teams like the Bucks, getting a win against the Pacers might be the highlight of the season.
So, while the Pacers never trailed in this game--leading by as many as 22 at one point--the game was much closer than that stat indicates.More-Top-
Kevin Love outdueled Paul George, and the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-28) held off the Pacers (41-13) 104-91 on Wednesday night in Minnesota.
Love scored 42 points (on 14-of-22 shooting) and grabbed 16 rebounds, topping the 30-point mark for the seventh time this season and collecting his NBA-leading 45th double-double of the season. George also had a double-double, finishing with 35 points (on 11-of-22 shooting) and 11 boards in the loss.More-Top-
After dropping two of their last three games before the All-Star break in disappointing fashion, the Indiana Pacers were eager to start the second half of the year on the right foot.
The Pacers (41-12) did just that on Tuesday night, bursting out of the gates and holding off the Atlanta Hawks (25-27) for a 108-98 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George led Indiana with 26 points, while David West chipped in 17 points and six rebounds, as the blue and gold extended their NBA-best home record to 26-3. More-Top-
Ahead of their final game before the All-Star break, Pacers coach Frank Vogel’s message was simple: Don’t even think about it. It begins on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Pacers, their fatigue and mental errors compounded themselves Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks, who were coming off a 25-point blowout in Charlotte the night before. The Pacers followed up season-high numbers in Monday’s win — 119 points and 58 percent shooting — with 73 points and 32 percent shooting, both season-lows, in a 81-73 loss to Dallas (32-22) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More-Top-
The Pacers learned a lesson after suffering arguably their most frustrating loss of the season, a collapse Sunday night in Orlando: Play all 48 minutes. Facing a Denver Nuggets team decimated by injuries on Monday night, the Pacers also leaned on an overtime win in Sacramento, where they learned not to take a shorthanded team lightly.
The Pacers (40-11) had their best offensive performance of the season, shooting a season-best 57.5 percent from the field and scoring a season-high 119 points en route to their largest win the season, 119-78 over the Nuggets (24-26), at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More-Top-
The Pacers went into Orlando, seeking their fifth straight win. Though they had won the last four head-to-head meetings and the Magic entered the game with the league’s second-worst record, they couldn’t afford a letdown.
Coming off a win at the buzzer over Oklahoma City, the NBA’s second-best team, on Friday night, the Magic (16-37) topped that victory by upsetting the Pacers (39-11), 93-92 Sunday evening at the Amway Center. More-Top-
The Pacers played host to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in a much-anticipated showdown, which was seen by a nationally televised audience. The inter-conference matchup lived up to the billing and the Pacers (39-10) prevailed, 118-113, but it took an extra session to do it. George Hill carried the team, with David West as his wingman. Hill scored a career-high 37 points, with 14 of those coming in the fourth quarter and overtime period.
Portland (35-15) led from the beginning, even knocking down some incredible shots, but Indiana did just enough to hang around. They used a 14-5 run late in the fourth quarter, capped off by a David West rebound layup to take their first lead, 95-94. The lead traded hands often as the teams went shot-for-shot. The Pacers kept attacking the Blazers at the top of the key, and particularly Lillard. More-Top-
It wasn't easy, but the Pacers finally snapped a 12-game regular season losing streak at Philips Arena by holding off a late Hawks rally to beat Atlanta 89-85 Tuesday night.
After Indiana opened up its largest lead of the game by going ahead 73-57 with 8:10 remaining in regulation, Atlanta went on a 17-5 run fueled by Mike Scott and Elton Brand, who came off the bench and finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Hawks.
With the lead cut to just four with 2:24 to play, David West -- who led Indiana with 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting on the night -- hit a crucial 11-footer to extend the lead to 80-74. That was immediately followed by a Paul George steal and breakaway dunk to give the Pacers some breathing room with 1:51 to go. George finished with 18 points on 6-of-16 from the field. More-Top-
Before Tuesday’s game against Orlando, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that his team – particularly the bench players – needed to do a better job on the offensive end passing and moving without the ball.
Indiana’s bench scored a season-high 49 points as the Pacers (37-10) rolled past the Magic (13-37), 98-79.
Danny Granger led the way for the second unit. The one-time All-Star hit 3-of-5 attempts from 3-point range and scored a season-high 16 points. It was the most points for Granger since May 20, 2012, when he scored 20 points against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. More-Top-
A whirlwind week for the Indiana Pacers ended with a familiar result: another Pacers win.
Paul George and Roy Hibbert each scored 20 points and David West came through in the clutch to lead Indiana (36-10) to a 97-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets (20-25) in front of a sellout crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers entered the fourth quarter with a narrow two-point advantage. They stretched the lead to as many as seven points, but Brooklyn hung tough, making enough plays to remain within striking distance right up until the final buzzer. More-Top-
The Pacers knew what the Phoenix Suns wanted to do entering Thursday night’s game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They had just played them eight days prior in the desert, and gave up a season-high 124 points in that one.
Back in the comforts of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where they entered the game a league-best 21-1, the Pacers (35-10) were unable to stop the Suns (28-18) from doing what they do best: running and shooting 3's. Indiana trailed by 17 points at the half, got as close as one three times, but didn’t have enough, falling 102-94. More-Top-
Playing for the fifth time in nine days out west, the Pacers needed energy, and Lance Stephenson had no problem contributing in that department. He helped the Pacers (35-9) to a third-quarter surge as they rolled to a 104-92 victory, their fourth straight win over the Lakers (16-30) at the Staples Center.
The injury-depleted Lakers, who recorded their 17th loss in the last 20 games, were without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. From the tip, the Pacers knew they’d have a huge advantage on the inside and they looked to exploit that. The Lakers are the worst team in the league at defending the paint, giving up almost 49 points per game, and thus the Pacers fed the ball into David West against rookie Ryan Kelly early on. West had seven of the team’s first nine points as both teams were efficient early. George Hill sliced through the defense for a layup, capping a 10-2 run that put the Pacers up by seven midway through the first quarter. More-Top-
Playing for the second time in as many nights, coming off an overtime win in Sacramento and arriving late this morning, the Pacers (34-9) knew they’d have to fight fatigue all game long. For the third straight game, they were in a double-digit hole at intermission. The Pacers cut their deficit to six twice in the final quarter but with both centers disqualified and looking gassed late, the comeback fell short Saturday night.
Denver (21-21), headed up by ex-Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, snapped a three-game losing streak in a 109-96 win over Indiana, the fifth straight time the Nuggets topped the Pacers at the Pepsi Center. More-Top-
The Pacers (34-8) gave up 60 first-half points. They gave up 23 second-chance points, allowed Sacramento’s (15-27) backcourt to go off for 80 points and yet they still had a chance to win it. One day after being voted in a starter to next month’s All-Star game, Paul George took over when his team needed him most.
George scored 12 of the Pacers’ final 17 points, including a clutch four-point play that forced overtime in the Pacers come-from-behind victory, 116-111, in what's likely their final game at Sleep Train Arena. More-Top-
Indiana’s usual stiff defense didn’t hold up at the US Airways Center Wednesday night. The Pacers (33-8) were unable to cool the Phoenix Suns (24-17) in their first meeting of the season. The Suns, who had six players finish in double figures, took the lead with 3:41 left in the first period and led the rest of the way in a 124-100 victory.
The Pacers came in to Wednesday's contest with wins in eight of their last nine games, including five in a row, but never really got going for this one in front of a nationally televised audience. Their top two keys for the game were keeping the Suns out of transition and off the 3-point line — and they didn’t do either one. Their ever-reliable defense, which holds opponents to an average of 88 points per game, gave up 124 after not allowing more than 97 in each of their previous 16 games. More-Top-
The red-hot Pacers opened up a five-game road trip with the biggest test, the perfect way to set the tone for the trip. They took the lead four minutes into the game and led the rest of the way in their 102-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors (26-17). The Pacers (33-7) have now won five in a row and eight of their last nine games.
Paul George scored 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting to lead the charge for Indiana. Lance Stephenson (14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) and Roy Hibbert (14 & 10) each recorded their 10th double-double of the season. George Hill knocked down 3-of-4 3s and had 15. More-Top-
The Los Angeles Clippers, who are on the road for seven straight games, entered the game averaging nearly 115 points over their last five games — all wins.
In what turned into a physical game, the Pacers (32-7) didn’t allow the Clippers (28-14) to get out and run, and they held them below 40 percent shooting in their 106-92 win to take the season series. With the home win in front of the 14th sellout crowd of the season, the Pacers are assured of a winning record on their floor for the 25th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the NBA. More-Top-
The New York Knicks returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since the Pacers ended their season last year in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Knicks admitted pregame that they still had a sour taste in their mouths from how that series ended.
Lance Stephenson finished with a career-high 28 points, but it was the Pacers' efficient and unselfish offense that stole the show. In front of a nationally televised audience, the Pacers (31-7) shot 50 percent and set a season-high scoring mark in their 117-89 pounding of the Knicks (15-24). More-Top-
A restful few days, as ordered by Pacers coach Frank Vogel, did the team well. As the Sacramento Kings made their only appearance this season to Indianapolis, the Pacers had their best offensive night of the season — one game after their top defensive outing.
The Pacers (30-7) exploded for 34 points in the second quarter, and scored 116 points while shooting 54.9 percent from the floor — all season-highs — in their 116-92 route of the Kings (13-23) Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More-Top-
Defending is what the Pacers do best, better than any team in the NBA. Coming off a loss in Atlanta, the team was locked in and communicated well in holding down the Washington Wizards. Tied at the end of the first, the Pacers (29-7) dominated the final three quarters in their 93-66 drumming of the Wizards (16-18) Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
C.J. Watson gave the team big minutes. He, along with George Hill, contained Wall, who averages 20 points per game, to 13 in 39 minutes. He didn’t misses on the other end, going 6-for-6 and finished with 16 points, two shy of his season-high. More-Top-
The Pacers knew going to Atlanta to finish a stretch of four games in five games would be a tall task at Philips Arena, where they haven’t won a regular season game since Dec. 22, 2006. It would be made even tougher without starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who suffered a right knee contusion and was scratched from the lineup an hour before tip.
A putrid first half put the Pacers (28-7) in a deep hole, one they couldn’t overcome as the Hawks (19-17) led wire-to-wire in their 97-87 win, which snapped their 3-game losing streak. More-Top-
Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Pacers had won seven of their last eight. The lone loss came on the road, six days ago, up in Toronto. Forget the weather, and ignore the fact that the Raptors didn’t land in Indianapolis until five and half hours before the game. The Pacers (28-6) weren’t thinking about anything other than avenging that 17-point loss.
The Pacers took the lead midway through the opening period but the Raptors (16-17), who trailed by as many as 17, were resilient late and made an impressive push. Getting as close as six with 92 seconds left, the Pacers escaped with a 86-79 win to improve to a league’s-best 17-1 at home. More-Top-
Before the Pacers played in Cleveland Sunday night, the Cavaliers announced that Kyrie Irving, who suffered a left knee contusion in Indy last Tuesday, would miss his third consecutive game. His backup, Jarrett Jack, also was out due to lower back spasms. That put the Pacers up against an undermanned but hungry Cavaliers team.
The Pacers (27-6) had five players in double figures and held off a late charge by the Cavaliers (11-23) for another win, 82-78 the final. More-Top-
The storyline has gotten repetitive. Fall behind early, as they feel the opponent out. Head into the locker room and come back out on a mission. Once again, the Pacers (26-6) followed the so-too-familiar script, outscored the New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) by 18 in the third period to take the lead, and got back in the win column with a 99-82 victory.
The Pelicans controlled the game for most of the first half. They used two runs of 7-0 and 12-0 in the opening quarter to push their lead to as many as 14. The Pacers struggled to find a rhythm offensively and it showed, as they shot 35 percent shooting and had five turnovers in the first 12 minutes. They went scoreless during a five and a half minute stretch until Paul George scored on a layup in transition with two seconds left in the quarter. At the end of the first, the Pacers’ deficit was 12. More-Top-
The Pacers began the New Year with the league’s best record, 25-5, but they’d hold onto that title for less than 24 hours. Up in Canada for a rare New Year’s Day game, the Pacers (25-6) were too careless with the ball, handing it over a season-high 23 times. Their five-game win streak came to a halt as they faltered to the Toronto Raptors, 95-82 the final.
Indiana is better than any team in the league during the third quarter, but that didn’t hold true tonight. As the Pacers, who failed to score in the final 4:43 of the quarter, settled for jumpers — and missed — the Raptors scored the quarter’s final nine points to take a 66-63 lead heading into the final quarter. More-Top-
The Pacers sought to finish 2013 on a high note, and they knew containing Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was imperative to make that happen. One game after slowing Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, George Hill had another tough assignment. He held Irving to 10 points and the Cavaliers failed to get anything going in the fourth quarter. The Pacers (25-5) surged ahead and captured the 91-76 win in front of a sellout crowd, the team’s 10th of the season, which matches last year’s total.
The Pacers outscored the Cavaliers, who went 3-for-16 from the field and turned it over seven times, 26-10 in the fourth on way to their fifth victory in a row and eight straight over the Cavaliers. More-Top-
The Pacers (24-5) held the Nets (10-20) to just 35 points in the second half and controlled play out of the locker room as they've done most of this season, picking up their fourth consecutive win, 105-91, in front of a sold-out crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
From the start, the Pacers didn’t show signs of rust on the offensive end. They scored their first 12 points of the game in the paint, and used a 6-0 spurt to take their largest lead of the half, 16-8. Nets forward Kevin Garnett, who finished with just two points, was whistled for two quick fouls, limiting him to three minutes in the opening quarter. Lance Stephenson, who tallied a career-high 26 points last game, which was also against the Nets, was active from the tip. By quarter’s end, the Pacers led by two with Stephenson contributing two points, four rebounds and five assists. More-Top-
One night after posting his third triple-double of the season, Lance Stephenson and the Pacers (23-5) put on a show in Brooklyn Monday night before taking a break for the holidays. Stephenson followed up his big night with another, scoring 10 of his career-high 26 points in the final quarter as the Pacers blew past the Nets (9-18), 103-86.
The Nets got as close as 15 with more than nine minutes to go but the Pacers' depth and weapons at all positions showed in this one. With 4:37 to play, Stephenson drained a deep shot beyond the arc, raising his career-high point total to 26. Playing in front of dozens of family and friends, Stephenson was all smiles. The reserves played the final three minutes as the Pacers rolled to their third consecutive win while snapping a two-game road losing streak. More-Top-
After dropping consecutive games to Detroit and Miami at the start of the week, the Pacers (22-5) responded in a big way, blowing out Houston by 33 points on Friday and following that performance with a 106-79 victory over the Boston Celtics (12-17) on Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Lance Stephenson recorded his third triple-double of the season, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead Indiana to victory. Stephenson is the only player in the NBA this season with more than one triple-double (the rest of the league has combined for nine). More-Top-
As Pacers fans and a nationally televised audience looked on, the Pacers (21-5) turned in their best performance of the season against an elite level Western Conference team, routing the Houston Rockets (17-10), 114-81.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said they played mad, a focused mad, for all four quarters and they came away with their largest victory of the season. In a game highlighted by fans welcoming back forward Danny Granger, the Pacers shot 60 percent and were plus-22 in the final two quarters. More-Top-
It was just December 18th and the second of four regular season meetings between the Pacers and the Miami Heat, a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. However, with the hype and feel of the game, you wouldn’t have known it.
The Pacers led for most of three quarters and by as many as 15, but it was the Heat that played a better second half. Up eight with 3:52 to play, the Pacers were outscored 15-4 and missed their final five shots in a 97-94 loss in Miami. The Heat (19-6) are now just one game back of the Pacers (20-5) in the conference standings. More-Top-
The Pacers entered Monday’s game against the Detroit Pistons with all the numbers in their favor. A 10-game lead in the division, 11-0 in home games this season, and 10 straight home wins over the Pistons. The Pistons, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back after losing at the buzzer to Portland, didn’t want to hear anything of it. They were ready from the tip, with center Andre Drummond’s rebound-slam setting the tone for the game.
Indiana got to within two points with 77 seconds remaining, but Detroit (12-14) had an answer every time. They never trailed in their 101-96 topping of the Pacers, the first team to do so this season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More-Top-
From the tip Friday night, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson felt that his teammates weren’t as “hyped” as usual for the game at hand. So he took it upon himself to raise the energy level with the hopes of it spreading to the crowd and to his teammates.
Stephenson, one of six Pacers in double figures, scored team-high 20 points and was three assists shy of his third triple-double of the season as the Pacers held on for a 99-94 win in front of a sold-out crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More-Top-
The Miami Heat ended the Pacers season last postseason, delivering the final blow in Game 7 of the conference finals on their court. That moment is permanently stuck in the mind’s of the Pacers, fueled them over the summer, and motivated them to finish the regular season with the top seed in the East.
Indiana’s (19-3) strength is with its size and defense, and those were the two determining factors in the Pacers 90-84 victory over the Heat (16-6) Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Roy Hibbert posted a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and as coach Frank Vogel says frequently, he was a beast at the rim. More-Top-
When the NBA schedule was released in early August, the Pacers knew that their first big road trip – five games in eight days – would be a handful. Adding another layer of difficulty, their journey started and ended with back-to-back games against the four best teams in the Western Conference.
The trip might have worn on the Pacers (18-3), as they gave up a season-high 118 points in their 118-94 loss Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder (15-4), the only other team besides the Pacers that’s undefeated at home, shot a staggering 61 percent in their fourth consecutive home win over the Pacers. More-Top-
Beyond the Indiana Pacers’ journey out West, they have as challenging of schedule as there is over four nights. The Pacers would have to bring their lunch pails against the top echelon of the Association: San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and then back home against Miami.
After going two days between games, the Pacers (18-2) returned to the court Saturday night in San Antonio against the Spurs (15-4), who hadn’t played since Monday. The Pacers turned a 13-point deficit into a 22-point cushion entering the fourth. Despite a late push by San Antonio’s reserves, the Pacers turned in their most impressive victory of the season. More-Top-
Squeezed between two sets of back-to-backs against the four best teams out West, all a part of a challenging five-game road trip, the Pacers were in Utah Wednesday night. The Jazz are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, but had recent momentum from winning three of their previous four games.
The Pacers hadn’t fared well in Utah in the last decade, losing six in row. Trailing by one at the break, the Pacers (17-2) locked in defensively in the second half en route to a 95-86 win over the Jazz (4-16) at EnergySolutions Arena. Indiana’s win ended a six-game losing streak in Utah, which went all the way back to Nov. 2005. More-Top-
Paul George had a career night and nearly willed the Pacers to victory single-handedly by scoring the team's final 15 points, but it wasn’t enough. Back at it for the second day in a row on this five-game road trip, the Pacers squared off against the Western Conference-leading Portland Trail Blazers in one of the more difficult environments in the league.
Like George, Blazers guard Damian Lillard was also special in the fourth quarter, giving his team their first lead and making sure they held on to it. In an excellent game in front of a playoff-like atmosphere, the Pacers’ seven-game win streak came to an end Monday night with a 106-102 loss. Indiana drops to 16-2 on the season, while Portland improves to 15-3. More-Top-
The Pacers ventured out West for five games, their first big road trip of the season. It began in Los Angeles, against the Clippers (12-6) who added some pieces in the offseason, including famed coach Doc Rivers, looking to make a run at their first NBA title.
Though field goals weren’t dropping in the fourth quarter (5-of-22), the Pacers sank 11 free throws and came away with a couple huge offensive boards to secure their 16th win of the season, 105-100, Sunday afternoon at the STAPLES Center. More-Top-
Frank Vogel made sure his Pacers team wouldn’t overlook the Washington Wizards Friday night. Off to a blazing start to the season and with a five-game trip out West on the horizon, Vogel wouldn’t let anyone even get that far.
In front of a sellout crowd, their fourth of the year, the Pacers (15-1) took a double-digit lead in the opening 12 minutes, then led by as many as 25 in their 93-73 stomping over the Wizards (7-9).After securing a 20-point win, their sixth in a row, the Pacers now take the league’s best record on the road where they first face the Clippers. More-Top-
Before sitting down at the dinner table with their families, counting their blessings and enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, the Pacers took on the Bobcats Wednesday night in Charlotte, where points were hard to come by...until the fourth quarter.
Shooting 28 percent through three quarters and only ahead by eight, the Pacers needed a spark and production from somewhere. Reserve point guard C.J. Watson entered the night averaging 5.5 points per game, but he exploded for 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers (14-1) blew away the Bobcats (7-9), 99-74. More-Top-
Pacers coach Frank Vogel didn’t need to say anything to his point guard. George Hill had been hearing it from his teammates the last few days. Be more aggressive, play your game.
Hill, who doesn’t like to be classified as a point guard, but rather just a ‘guard,’ scored a season-high 26 points and dished out seven assists in the Pacers’ 98-84 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8), who’ve now dropped four of their last five games. Indiana’s league-leading defense held Minnesota 22 points below their average and to just 32.6 percent shooting as 16,000 strong witnessed their 14-point victory. More-Top-
Playing against a team that is well undermanned is often times more difficult than facing an opponent that’s at full strength. The Philadelphia 76ers, the youngest team in the NBA and who many presumed would compete for the league’s worst record this year, displayed their resilience Saturday night despite being without many key players.
Roy Hibbert had his way at both ends of the court and helped the Pacers keep to their winning ways, topping the 76ers 106-98. He finished with a season-high 27 points, 13 rebounds plus six swats – two key ones in the final 90 seconds. More-Top-
The Pacers met the Celtics in Boston Friday night, marking the first time Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, a Zionsville native and former Butler leader, coached against his hometown team. He even wore No. 31 in high school because he grew up watching Reggie Miller. However it was the Pacers (11-1) – the best Pacers team Stevens said he’s seen in his lifetime – that turned up the defense and strangled the Celtics (4-10) in second half for the 97-82 victory. More-Top-
The Pacers looked to rebound from their first loss of the season, playing on the big stage at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. They fell behind 13 very early and struggled to shoot the ball for most of the game. Their defense came up big down the stretch and Paul George took the game over, leading the Pacers (10-1) to a 103-96 overtime win against the New York Knicks (3-8). More-Top-
The Pacers’ brilliant 9-0 start, their best in NBA franchise history, was in jeopardy playing in Chicago on Saturday night. The Bulls (5-3) put an end to Miami’s 27-game win streak last season and this year they were the first ones to top the Pacers, the NBA’s last unbeaten team, 110-94. For all the talk about the streak, it was never about that for the team. They are after the No. 1 seed, which would result in home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. It was one of those nights over the course of an 82-game schedule where nothing went right. More-Top-
On the front end of their fourth back-to-back of the season, the Pacers disposed of the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks Friday night 104-77 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Roy Hibbert was “sensational,” as Pacers coach Frank Vogel put it, just two blocks shy of his second career triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight stuffs. More-Top-
Lance Stephenson turned in the most complete game of his professional career Monday night, recording his first career triple-double. Like Stephenson, the Pacers played their most complete game of the season and shredded the Grizzlies 95-79 to stay perfect, 8-0. More-Top-
The Pacers (7-0) faced their toughest test yet Saturday night in Brooklyn. They had just played the night before, as had the new-look Nets (2-4), and they’d need to win at a place they failed to last season, the Barclays Center, to keep their perfect start intact. Yet again, the Pacers trailed at half but 16 points from Paul George in the second half plus big foul shots late from both George Hill and David West allowed the Pacers to leave Brooklyn with the 96-91 victory. Their 7-0 start is the best ever in franchise history. The Nets, meanwhile, lost for the third time in four games. More-Top-
The Toronto Raptors (2-4) made their first trek of the season to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. Knowing what they did in Indy last year, stealing both games by two points each, a reminder was one of the first things the Pacers addressed. The Pacers trailed at half for the fifth time in their first six games, but they exploded in the third quarter and went on to defeat the Raptors, 91-84. With another victory, the Pacers are now 6-0 for the first time since the 1971-72 season—back in the ABA days. More-Top-
The stage was set Wednesday evening for the Pacers to take another baby step in their quest of a championship. The Chicago Bulls came to town, fresh off three days rest while the Pacers played - and won - the night before in Detroit. Derrick Rose, back from injury, has struggled since the regular season tipped and many wondered might this be a turnaround game for him, all while sending a message to the Pacers that they aren’t just going to fork over the division. Energy wasn’t a problem for the Pacers (5-0) with another sellout crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse voicing their support for this likable team. The Pacers overcame a six-point halftime hole and dominated the fourth quarter in their 97-80 win in front of a national audience on ESPN. More-Top-
In Detroit for the start of a busy seven days that includes five games, the Pacers looked to keep to their winning ways and prevent history from repeating itself. The Pistons (2-2) added Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings in the offseason and they were fired up to get an early swing on the reigning division champions. The Pacers built a 15-point lead but managed to score only nine points in the second quarter. Paul George looked silky smooth and scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second half in helping the Pacers put away the Pistons, 99-91. More-Top-
Just three games into the season, the Pacers faced both a divisional rival and the first real test of their depth, thanks to an unexpected scratch from the starting lineup on Saturday night. The Pacers won every quarter and outscored the Cavaliers (1-2) by nine in the second half in their 89-74 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the victory, the Pacers improved to 3-0 and are one of two teams in the Eastern Conference still undefeated – along with the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers, of all teams. More-Top-
Back on the court for the second consecutive night to open the season, Paul George scored 19 points in the second half to help the Pacers (2-0) overcome a 14-point halftime deficit and grind out a quality win in New Orleans (0-1), 95-90. The Pacers’ core remembered a very similar game play out last year. On the end of a back-to-back, things didn’t go well early on and they’d have to dig their way out, point by point, out of a big hole. More-Top-
Pacers guard Lance Stephenson recently stood in front of the team and stated that he wanted them to start the season 10-0, to take it game-by-game but get off to a strong start in their quest for home court advantage. In front of a rambunctious sellout crowd (18,165) that was waving their gold rally towels in the air, the Pacers prevailed in their first test of the season. Paul George, who finished with a game-high 24 points, sparked a 14-1 run which spanned the third and fourth quarters as the Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 97-87 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. More-Top-
After losing their first five games, the Pacers closed the preseason with a strong showing in each of their final three games, wins by 23, 18 and 21 points. Friday night in Dallas, the Pacers’ (3-5) latest victim was the Mavericks (4-4) to the tune of 98-77. The Pacers had trouble getting the ball to go down in the first half but were behind by only two. The Blue and Gold dominated the second half, 59-36, to close their preseason slate with another quality win. With the exception of Paul George, the starters rested on the bench for the final 12 minutes. C.J. Watson tallied seven points in the quarter and the Pacers cruised to a 21-point win. Though it was completion of the preseason, coach Frank Vogel and the team have to feel very good about the way they’ve played in the last week and been able to overcome sluggish starts. More-Top-
The Pacers' plan all along was to treat the final two preseason games as if they were regular season contests. Tuesday night, they were in Atlanta and faced a different team (with a different coach) than they finished off in the first round of last season's playoffs. The Pacers recovered from a poor opening quarter and outplayed the Hawks over the final three in a 107-89 victory. David West led the Pacers in what was an efficient second quarter. West, who scored 12 of his 15 first-half points in this quarter, tied the game at 30 and then helped them take a 46-41 lead into the break. In contrast to the first stanza, the Pacers made 55% of their attempts and had just two giveaways in the second and they forced nine turnovers from the Hawks. More-Top-
Playing in Cleveland, on the second night of a back-to-back, the Pacers overcame a sluggish start and dominated the second half en route a 102-79 victory Saturday night. The win is the Pacers’ (1-5) first in the preseason and dropped the Cavaliers to 3-2. After the break, Indiana shot 53 percent and scored 16 points in a third quarter that dragged on. The Pacers were in the bonus less than four minutes into the period and thus they attempted 25 fouls shots, connecting on 15. With 12 minutes to play, the Pacers had a four-point lead. From there, the Pacers excelled and cruised to the win. They outscored the Cavaliers 13-3 to get the fourth quarter started and were in front by as many as 23. C.J. Watson scored 10 points in just over five fourth-quarter minutes. More-Top-
The Pacers and Chicago Bulls met for the second time this preseason and although the anticipation wasn’t nearly as high, the environment at the United Center appeared as if it was a meaningful game. The Pacers led after the first two quarters but their inability to hit free throws down the stretch did them in, as did Derrick Rose scoring 10 of his 32 points in the final quarter. The Bulls picked up their seventh consecutive preseason win over the Pacers on Friday night, 103-98. The Pacers got put on their heels in the third as the Bulls outscored them 34-25 to take a two-point edge into the final quarter. The Pacers re-gained the lead with just under four minutes to play, but then Derrick Rose took over for the Bulls and scored 10 of their final 13 points. Meanwhile, the Pacers missed six of seven tosses at the foul line, during which the Bulls went back in front by seven. Paul George, who scored a team-high 22 points, missed consecutive shots and the Bulls held on for the five-point win. More-Top-
The Pacers hosted the Dallas Mavericks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for their second and final home game of their eight-game preseason schedule. The Pacers led by as many as eight, but they then got behind by 23 during a troubling third period where they missed 15 of 18 shots. With recent travels to both the Philippines and Taiwan, Pacers coach Frank Vogel opted to rest George Hill, David West and Roy Hibbert. Paul George was at home for the night recovering from the flu and bronchitis. That left the Pacers with a makeshift starting unit, which included C.J. Watson, Lance Stephenson, Danny Granger, Luis Scola and Ian Mahinmi. With just over two minutes to play, Orlando Johnson connected on consecutive 3-pointers in a 26-second span and Donald Sloan sunk two foul shots to draw the Pacers within three with 98 seconds left. But the shorthanded Pacers wouldn’t come any closer, and were defeated, 92-85. More-Top-
The Houston Rockets hit 15 3-pointers and had seven players score in double figures as they beat the Indiana Pacers for the second straight game, 107-98 in Taipei, Taiwan. Sunday's game came three days after the Rockets won 116-96 in Manila, Philippines. Paul George led Indiana with 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting (3-for-5 from 3-point range). George Hill added 17 points. Danny Granger had 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting (3-for-5 from three) and grabbed nine rebounds. C.J. Watson had 14 points off the bench on 4-for-5 shooting, but also committed six turnovers. More-Top-
The Indiana Pacers finally hit the hardwood for their second preseason game on Thursday. They got off to a poor start and had a hard time slowing down the Houston Rockets. Led by 21 points from James Harden, the Rockets defeated the Pacers 116-96 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Participating in the NBA Global Games, the meeting between Indiana and Houston marked the first time two NBA teams had played in the Philippines – and they did so in front of a vociferous and appreciative sold-out crowd (listed attendance: 12,885). The Pacers’ pressing need all game was to defend and stop the ball in transition. They did neither, and it cost them the game. Last season, Houston was one of the top-scoring teams in the league and their play hasn’t changed. Giving up 116 points surely won’t sit well with coach Frank Vogel. More-Top-
The atmosphere felt nothing like the night it was – the first exhibition contest of the season. Wearing their gold uniforms, the Pacers hosted the Chicago Bulls to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in what was the marquee contest on the first day of games in the NBA. A strong third quarter put the Pacers ahead by six, but they went ice cold in the fourth and the Bulls prevailed, 82-76. Just six months removed from his left knee surgery, Danny Granger was the first Pacers player off the bench and led the team in minutes. Meanwhile, most of the NBA was abuzz as Bulls point guard Derrick Rose made his triumphant return to the floor. It was his first game in 526 days. More-Top-
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