A lot of things seemed unfamiliar during and after the Indiana Pacers‘ blowout win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. The 104-84 victory marked the first time since November 21st that the Pacers have put up over 100 points on the scoreboard. Indiana’s largest lead of the night was 32 points at one time, which was their largest lead of any game at any time this season. On top of that, for the first time this season, the Indiana Pacers got to rest most of their starters for the entire fourth quarter of the game.
With the game well in hand, the Pacers decided to give some of their inexperienced bench players a bit more playing time. every Pacer saw the floor Wednesday night, including all eight bench players. The bench accounted for 59 of Indiana’s points. Even though some of the minutes came in the majority of garbage time, when the game was out of hand, it’s still a good indication of what this team is capable of, if and when they can step on another team’s throat.
Indiana’s surprising domination of the Jazz came from the second night of back-to-back games for both teams. The Pacers took off from the start, and did not let up, which is uncharacteristic for this young team this season. Many of Indiana’s games have been tooth-and-nail dog fights, that have came down to the very end. If Indiana can show up in similar fashion more often, then they can truly become a force to be reckoned with in this league.