The best team in the Eastern Conference hosted one of the hottest teams in the West and the game was very tight from start to finish, but the strong fourth quarter of the Pacers was enough to give them a 98-84 win. This win gives the Pacers the best start in their franchise history as they improve their record to 13-1.
The 14-point margin was nowhere near the difference of both teams on the hardwood; in fact, the game after the first three periods had a five-point lead for Indiana. The Pacers, however, found a way to broad the difference in the score during the final 12 minutes where they outscored Minnesota 25-16.
Indiana was very efficient from the floor all game long as they shot over 50 percent from the field and a staggering 53 percent from beyond the arc. Their offense was carried by Paul George and George Hill, as both finished the game with 26 points in what was a somewhat slow game for other key members of the team like Roy Hibbert (four points) and Lance Stephenson (11 points, 5-12 shooting).
This clearly wasn’t the best effort from the Pacers this season and it wasn’t their best game at home as well. But good teams always find a way to win games and Indiana is doing exactly that as they are carrying an eight-game winning streak that doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon if the Pacers are able to continue producing at this level offensively.