Rockets vs. Pacers

Paul George goes off for 25 points with 11 rebounds as the Pacers edge by the Rockets 104-101.

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Rockets vs. Pacers

Paul George goes off for 25 points with 11 rebounds as the Pacers edge by the Rockets 104-101.
Mar 27, 2016  |  01:45

Postgame Wrap Up: Pacers-Rockets 160327

March 27, 2016 - The Indiana Pacers took home a crucial win on Easter Sunday, beating the Houston Rockets 104-101. Pacers.com's Lauryn Gray breaks down the Pacers win, which was the team's third in their last four.
Mar 27, 2016  |  03:27

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room 160327

March 27, 2016 - Pacers' players Ty Lawson, Ian Mahinmi, Paul George, and Solomon Hill reflect on their 104-101 win over the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday evening.
Mar 27, 2016  |  03:17

George With 25 Points

Paul George grabs 25 points as the Pacers beat the Rockets.
Mar 27, 2016  |  01:16

Arena Link: Paul George

Paul George joins the show following his double-double to lead the Pacers over the Rockets.
Mar 27, 2016  |  04:32

Postgame: Frank Vogel Press Conference 160327

March 27, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel meets with the media after Indiana's 104-101 win over the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Mar 27, 2016  |  06:23

Ian Slams It Home

March 27, 2016 - Solomon Hill finds Ian Mahinmi in the paint for the dunk to extend the Pacers' lead.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:13

Solo with the Follow

March 27, 2016 - Pacers forward Solomon Hill crashes the lane to put back Ian Mahinmi's miss.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:16

Postgame: Rockets Locker Room 160327

March 27, 2016 - Rockets' head coach, J.B. Bickerstaff, and players Corey Brewer, Trevor Ariza and James Harden give their thoughts following the their 104-101 loss to the Pacers on Easter Sunday.
Mar 27, 2016  |  01:21

Monta Finds Lavoy

March 27, 2016 - After rebounding a Rockets miss, Monta Ellis fires the one-handed pass all the way across the court and Lavoy Allen finishes with a dunk.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:16

PG Off to Fast Start

March 27, 2016 - Pacers All-Star forward Paul George off to a fast start against the Rockets, scoring 13 points in the first nine minutes of the game.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:46

CJ Leaks Out for the Dunk

March 27, 2016 - The Pacers push the ball after a made basket, with Ty Lawson finding C.J. Miles down the court for a wide open dunk.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:17

Jordan Hill Shakes and Scores

March 27, 2016 - Pacers center Jordan Hill puts the moves on Rockets big man Clint Capela in the post before knocking down the baby hook.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:08

George Lays It In

Paul George drives in for the nice layup.
Mar 27, 2016  |  00:20

Lawson Enjoys Revenge Against the Rockets

by Mark Montieth
Pacers.com Writer
@MarkMontieth

The standard media-training type of response for an NBA player going up against his former team for the first time is to say he had no added motivation, no hard feelings, no feelings at all, in fact, beyond any other game.

Not Ty Lawson, who faced Houston at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday.

"Did you have added motivation?" he was asked.

"Hell, yeah," he said, smiling. "I wanted to beat them by 20."

Lawson isn't angry the Rockets let him go after playing 53 games with them earlier this season. In fact, he and his agent requested it. Acquired from Denver in an offseason trade, he never found a comfortable fit in Houston, either as a starter or reserve, and they finally let him go with no hard feelings. Still, it stung the pride of an NBA veteran who had nearly made the Western Conference All-Star team last season with Denver.

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Whatever. He's happy now to have the opportunity to resurrect his career, and the Pacers are happy to give it to him. They're 4-1 in the games in which he has played, although the first of those victories was a five-minute, five-second appearance against San Antonio before he sprained his foot.

Lawson finished Sunday's 104-101 victory over the Rockets with six points on 3-of-4 shooting and five assists in 13 minutes, 47 seconds. His stats over the course of his five brief appearances with the Pacers are modest – he's averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 assists over less than 13 minutes per game – his contributions are obvious.

"He's getting comfortable," said Paul George, who hit a 3-pointer off Lawson's first assist in the first quarter. "We see the flashes. You see the plays he can make. That's the reason he's here.

"He makes the game easy. He makes us better. All we have to do is free ourselves and the ball's there."

Each of Lawson's five assists went to a different teammate. Along with George, Rodney Stuckey got a 3-pointer in the first quarter, Lavoy Allen got a 20-footer and C.J. Miles a breakaway dunk in the second quarter, and Ian Mahinmi got a layup in the fourth.

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Lawson engaged in some trash talk with his former teammates, and was able to contribute a few hints to the Pacers' game plan because of his insider knowledge of Houston's system. Getting the ball out of James Harden's hands as quickly as possible, for example.

"I do know all their plays," he said. "I was telling them to get the ball out of James' hands to make the next person make the play. When I was on the team, that's how we got beat."

Before Sunday's game, Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff reiterated the comments he made when the Rockets let Lawson go on March 2 – that Lawson had been no problem whatsoever in the locker room and the parting had been amicable.

"I was disappointed that it didn't work," Bickerstaff said. "When we traded for Ty I thought it was going to be a great fit and propel us to the next level. For whatever reason, it didn't work. I don't know if it was the early transition of him learning how to play without the ball or the limited opportunities he got, which might be part of my responsibility.

"He tried to make it work. He was as unselfish as you can possibly imagine. He was a good teammate, he was good in the locker room. All the things he needed to do, he did."

Said Lawson: "I wasn't being used the right way. I'm not a space player. I need the ball in my hands."

He's getting that opportunity with the Pacers. He's already identified himself as the team's fastest player, its most accurate passer and one of its better shooters. Despite playing just four games after a sprained foot in his first game against the Spurs, and having to find chemistry with new teammates and a new offense, he's hit 9-of-19 shots, including 3-of-5 3-pointers.

He missed his first shot on Sunday, a 3-pointer, then hit a 20-footer in the second quarter and two mid-range shots in the final 66 seconds of the third quarter.

It's clear already, he's a good fit.

"He's definitely going to help us down the stretch." George said.


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