The Indiana Pacers did exactly what the whole world expected of them tonight.
Sparked by C.J. Watson, who went 6-of-7 from three point range to finish with a game-high 18 points and an overall solid performance in the final 12 minutes, the Pacers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by a 99-74 score to improve their record to 14-1 to start the year.
The Pacers dominated from the tip-off, and it was fairly noticeable that one of the best teams in the NBA was facing one of the worst. However, the Pacers were only able to pull away considerably in the final period, where they outscored the Bobcats 39-22.
The fourth quarter dominance has been a trend for Indiana this season, as they have scored more points in the final minutes of the game so far. Whether it’s because they tire the other teams, or maybe because they just feel more comfortable, the Pacers tend to wear down their opponents in the final period, and today it wasn’t the exception. This time, the proficiency from behind the arc was key for the Pacers, as they scored 7-of-9 threes in the final quarter.
The Pacers need to improve a few things, however, despite their record. They only shot 38 percent from the field against one of the worse defenses in the league, and if they repeat that performance against a better team, they might find themselves on the losing side of the game sooner rather than later.
So far, however, this time is on a roll, and usually good teams find a way to win games even when they don’t perform at their best. The Pacers did exactly that tonight to keep their blistering start to the season alive.