The Indiana Pacers showed what their current roster is possible of in their last game, by defeating the New Orleans Hornets in a overtime dog fight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game was a back-and-forth battle, that the Pacers ended up stealing away late in overtime, eventually pulling away for the 115-107 victory. Regardless of how hard the Pacers fought to hold off the Hornets, that game was still an example of how hard Indiana has struggled to defeat less-than stellar teams so far this season.
Going into the New Orleans game, the Pacers had yet to string together back-to-back wins in this young season. The Hornets, who had lost four games in a row, had also just played on the previous night, and were playing without number-one overall draft pick, Anthony Davis. Taking nothing away from Indiana’s win, it’s still going to take some better efforts against better teams for the Pacers to prove their true worth for championship contention.
Roy Hibbert and Paul George stepped up large against the Hornets, setting all-time records during the win. Hibbert had his first triple-double, racking up 10 points, 11 rebounds, and a franchise-best 11 blocks. Paul George was on fire, scoring a career-high 37 points, and hitting a record-breaking nine three-point shots during the game. Efforts such as these are indications of what these players are capable of. Consistency will be the concern for the Indiana Pacers, but they definately have the building blocks to lay a foundation for future successes this season.