The Indiana Pacers hosted the streaking Washington Wizards Friday night, but that streak ended as the Pacers shutdown Washington’s offense to beat them 93-73. Just when we thought the Pacers couldn’t be anymore impressive, they put a beating to an ascending Wizards squad, improving their home record to 9-0, and their overall record to 15-1.
Strong defense is what makes this Indiana team what it is, and they put that on display Friday night as they held Washington to just a tad over 40 percent shooting, which is actually a bit high for the Pacers. Indiana also held the Wizards, who averaged over 100 points per game coming into Friday, to 73 points.
Indiana’s defense also did a great job on John Wall, who only scored eight points on 4-14 shooting.
As we all know, with good defense comes offense. Paul George led the Pacers in scoring with 23 points, and added four rebounds, four assists, and four steals as well. Roy Hibbert and George Hill both added 13 points, and Lance Stephenson was just three points off yet another triple-double with seven points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
This was a big win for the Pacers as they have a big West coast road trip ahead starting on Sunday. After this win, they ride a six-game winning-streak out West. With the teams they will be facing, having as much confidence and momentum in your favor as possible is key.
Indiana is playing really good ball right now and the most important thing is they’re making opponents play their game. Playing solid defense, rebounding and turning it into offense on the other end is what the Pacers do best and obviously it’s working.