The Indiana Pacers and the Utah Jazz are clearly two teams on the opposite ends of the NBA spectrum right now through the start of the 2013-14 season. The Pacers have continually looked like the best team in the league while the Jazz have caught people by surprise because of how bad they have been early on this year.
When the two teams faced off, though, the Pacers weren’t able to look like the incredibly dominant team. The Jazz defense played well and Indiana looked sloppy offensively, though the Pacers’ defense continued to be consistently stellar. Ultimately, the Pacers were able to outlast the Jazz and grab their 17th victory of the year by a score of 95-86.
The Pacers got solid production from George Hill, Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert on the offensive end, but their normal big-time producers Paul George and David West were incredibly inefficient as they combined to shoot just 12-34 from the field on the night while George hit on only one of his eight attempts from beyond-the-arc. Their overall team defense was solid as they held the Jazz to shoot under 42 percent from the floor and the obvious 85 points in the game.
What their victory over the Jazz really highlighted for the Pacers, though, is the fact that they have the ability and potential to win in a variety of situations. With their defense, they have the ability to grind out games where their offense isn’t clicking like they did on Wednesday night. Moreover, George and company have shown that they can also be successful in a highly offensive affair. It’s been pretty obvious that this Pacers team is a contender this season so far and their ability to adapt to situations on a game-by-game basis is one of many reasons why.